LIGHT, SIGHT, SOUND – STIMULATING THE SENSES

Water features are so versatile and numerous in style that they now frequent both public places and in residential homes and gardens. They’re an asset to a range of outdoor spaces because of this diversity – hitting all the senses with their visual appearance, the sounds they produce, the scents and the soft flow of water. In this blog I explore how water features in the garden stimulate the senses – and explain how they can be incorporated in spaces of all shapes and sizes in a number of innovative ways.…

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WATER FEATURE OR POND?

Often one of the biggest questions facing those who wish to incorporate water into their garden design is whether to opt for a water feature, or whether to go with a pond. Both represent a wide range of options – ponds can come in all shapes and sizes and can be natural and rustic or contemporary and quirky – whilst water features also differ vastly in nature, from bespoke designs and traditional stone fountains to spherical and stainless steel examples.…

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SPOTLIGHT ON TIMBER SLEEPERS

Timber sleepers have emerged in recent years as popular decorative additions in a wide range of garden design schemes. A far cry from their once industrial, smog-ridden past, now these versatile, visually appealing slabs of resilient wood can be incorporated into gardens and outdoor spaces of various sizes and natures to add a raw yet human element which marries perfectly with greenery and other garden staples.…

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MY FAVORITE ANNUALS

As a contemporary garden designer, I’m constantly looking for new ways to add beauty and elegance to the garden. I try to focus on planting schemes that I know will enrich the visual feast of my garden, and the plants I consistently turn to for guaranteed colour and impact at this time of year are annuals. Like many gardeners I have my own personal favourites. I always choose these same 4 or 5 plants every year. Why? That’s simple. It’s because I know not only are these plants beautiful; they also never let me down.…

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DIRECTING THE EYE – CREATING POINTS OF DELIGHT

Focal Points in this Small Liverpool Garden

The purpose of creating focal points within a garden is to both draw and direct the eye. Without specific points of interest, the eye tends to wander without any real idea as to where to land. Flow is important, but must nonetheless be balanced with focus in order to create exterior living spaces of real magnificence.…

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