TM Garden Design

Prairie Planting

April 23, 2014thritytmProjects


A Planting Design project. The client looked out onto an uninspiring, rough grassed, steep slope. They wanted  to look out at a sea of colour for as much of the year as possible and have a sense of the changing seasons.

As the slope was extremely steep, it did not make for easy maintenance. The solution  was to create a matrix of prairie style planting which, once established can largely look after its self.  

The range of plants was chosen to give interest and colour all year round.  In Spring the fresh growth of grasses and herbaceous is punctuated by clumps of colourful Tulips and other bulbs.  As they finish  colour is provided by a range of flowering herbaceous plants which mingle with the ornamental grasses.  This display lasts until well into autumn and not only looks lovely but also provides nectar for pollinating insects.   In the colder months of winter, the skeletons and seed heads of the spent herbaceous flowers and grasses, along with evergreens create interest colour and movement.

The set of steps running through the centre of the planting leads to the trees at the back of the garden and gives the impression that the garden carries on beyond.

Commercial

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The brief from the client was to harmonise the entrance to the site and to ensure the access met current legislation. The newly installed steps now reflect the scale of the cathedral like frontage of the main reception area; whilst a stylish Ramp, sweeping through the planting, ensures that the site is accessible to all. As the site is used 24/7, good lighting was essential on all stairs. To avoid light pollution in a green belt area the lighting was directed downwards. The new planting of large blocks of evergreen and flowering shrubs, coloured stems of Cornus in the winter and grasses bringing texture and movement to the area and ensure that it looks wonderful year round.

Front Garden

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The Brief for this Arts & Crafts style garden was to provide extra parking whilst at the same time ensuring that the garden did not become a sterile car park. This was achieved by replacing the sagging wall with a new brick one along with bespoke railings and increasing the width of the access for cars, enabling a space to be created in front of the house. A direct path from the pavement to the front door was installed separating pedestrians from cars and creating an entrance to the Arts & Crafts style house. In keeping with the style of the house gravel was used; also good from a security point of view. To add interest to the driveway area contemporary flat rock gardens, edged with red brick were installed. A box knot garden with roses on obelisks in the centre, gives a sense of privacy in front of the sitting room, which along with bold colourful planting ensure a lovely journey to and from the front door what ever the time of year.

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Large Country Style Garden

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Due to an Orangery being added to the back of the house the area around the house needed to be reconfigured. A new Paved seating area was made that suited the new exits from the house, the raised beds mark the boundary between patio and lawn are planted with a range of herbs for cooking. A pergola adds height to the left hand side of the garden , providing support for a variety of sweet smelling and colourful climbers. A beautiful glazed pot and armillary provide focal points within the garden and along with the revamped planting make this a delightful garden to enjoy all year.

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Medium Suburban Design

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A typical long narrow garden has a chalet at the end of it, to which needed all-weather access was required. The sinuous curved path fulfils this in a beautiful way creating a journey through the garden under arches clothed with trained fruit trees and other scented colourful climbers. The lighting installed into the path enable it to be used whatever the time of day. By introducing curves and circles into the space, the garden appears wider. Curved raised beds are rendered smooth and painted a pale yellow, hug the two paved patios, creating a level change in the garden and provide extra seating for guests when entertaining

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Classic Contemporary Courtyard

April 18, 2014thritytmProjects

The Client wanted a space that could be used all year round and that was easy to maintain, and which reflected the classical contemporary interior of the house. The pale golden colours used in the house were carried out into the garden by using a pale paving and contemporary golden coloured fencing. The raised bed at the back of the garden and the small sitting wall bring height in the garden; whilst the bamboo and beautiful multi stemmed Silver Birch provide privacy from overlooking neighbours. By taking out the clutter, removing the scruffy lawn this garden is made to feel spacious and light. Subtle lighting highlights the planting and enables the garden to be used after dark.

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Contemporary Courtyard Design

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A tired looking courtyard with a scruffy brick wall as focal point was transformed into a cool contemporary space for entertaining and relaxing. The existing decking was kept and raised beds created which as well as being full of gorgeous plants also provide extra seating for guests. The black bamboo is a striking contrast against the white and will in time create privacy within the garden. Lighting installed along the back wall allowing the garden to be used after dark.

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