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I design and build contemporary gardens,
landscapes and roof terraces throughout London. The portfolio projects feature new trends in modern gardens, from a small patio design to larger family gardens, with a major speciality in roof gardens design. In town gardens, I have always been asked for low maintenance contemporary designs and this has evolved into an important element of all my projects. I offer a design and installation service in London, for domestic and corporate clients creating contemporary cutting edge garden design.


For me, creating a garden is about maximising the potential of a place creating a story through a narrative of details, as every outdoor space can possess beauty and meaning. I feel inspired designing in a contemporary vernacular, though I try to produce timeless pieces in the use of materials, shapes and volumes I do not want my gardens to date rapidly, but to age gracefully.
Contemporary garden design in town often calls for low maintenance; a small courtyard garden ought to feel spacious; large open land needs terraces with comforting human scale. Yet every outdoor room, be it a secluded contemporary courtyard, a mediterranean garden or a soaring roof terrace, needs to relate to the landscape beyond. The feeling of completeness we find in beautiful contemporary gardens, regardless of size or location, derives from a connection to their surroundings: a sense of place that gives tranquillity and peace.









Low maintenance planting design


When working in and around central London for busy City folk the likelihood is that many do not have the experience, the interest or the time for horticulture. On the one hand it sometimes makes it difficult to explain how certain plants grow, yet on the other it gives me the freedom to evolve my vision and enjoy the cooperation of my clients.

It is important to find out the level of gardening experience the client has and whether they will tender the maintenance to a professional, as this will determine the complexity of the planting design. Working in a contemporary vernacular I tend to plant in simple, bold textural drifts. This has evolved hand in hand with clients needing low maintenance gardens to suit the way we live today.

When low maintenance planting is the key for a client’s easy gardening life there are certain things I try and avoid. Plants that require complicated pruning. Perennials needing constant division and lifting. Flora that require too much winter protection. High attention plants such as Roses and small plants in pots without automatic irrigation. Invasive, spreading plants and plants that will shed sap and fruit over delicate surfaces.

Many evergreen architectural plants provide the visual focal points needed to choreograph modern garden spaces. The correct positioning in sun or shade, soil, drainage, watering and feeding lead to high performance and ultimately low maintenance I select all my plants myself, hands on, at the nurseries. There could be no better way to assess a specimen, group it with other plants to experiment with a composition and assure that the clients receive the best possible quality plants.

 

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