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A garden flat in Tufnell Park

A garden flat in Tufnell Park

  To make better use of the space we replaced the scruffy patch of grass with green slate chippings  and then jet washed the decking giving it a new lease of life. Neatly clipped Olive and Bay trees with galvanised steel...

Verbena “Lollipop”

  With its narrow stems and tight clusters of purple flowers Verbena bonariensis has been a firm favourite of designers in recent years. Used at the front of a border it forms a semi-transparent veil without  obstructing the view of the planting behind. The only...

Cinema Paradiso

What do you do with a sloping area of wasteland at the end of your garden ? How about a fabulous party space and home cinema ? Perfect for teenage summer parties, al fresco cocktails and late night film screenings. The tiered steps double as informal seating….just add...

Chelsea Flower Show

Summer is officially here and it’s time for the Annual Chelsea Flower Show. In 2004  I teamed up with the Sculptor Nick Rayburn to form Tantalus Gardens offering clients garden and exterior design with strong concepts. With sponsorship from  The Friends of Moorfields...

The Stag’s Horn Sumach

When choosing plants for a spectacular display of autumn colour the obvious choices are the Virginia Creeper , the Smokebush and  the many varieties of Japanese Maple. One plant that often get overlooked is the  deciduous shrub  Rhus typhina . It...

Planting Schemes

   I usually tell clients that they should expect  a new planting scheme to reach its peak three years after the inital planting, assuming the garden has been regularly maintained. At first the effect can often look rather sparse, with small shrubs and perennials...

Magnolia soulangeana

 Magnolia soulangeana This is  a good time of year to plant  shrubs ready for the Spring.The ground should be soft and damp,with temperatures still relatively warm. New plants have a chance to get their roots established before the Winter sets in. Some of the most...

Box Hedging

  Box hedging Buxus sempervirens is the ideal choice if you want to create structure in a formal town garden. Once established the tightly clipped  hedging forms a green framework around  herbaceous perennials . Slow growing and evergreen, it is traditionally...

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