Gardens comprise a mix of living and manmade features. Creating, managing and maintaining the balance between natural and created elements is at the heart of my gardening work considering materials, composition and location of features within the landscape.

My work brings together over thirty years in public and private gardens, study and travel. Observations and experience working in natural and man-made landscapes come together to create and manage horticulture and garden projects. From selection of plants and materials to ongoing pruning and management of trees and shrubs the focus of my work is always to deliver quality & attention to detail. Where possible and appropriate I use hand and battery powered tools to ensure a quality finish and minimise environmental impact.

Revealing a plants hidden character.

Creative pruning

Creative pruning aims to enhance and highlight the natural features of plants. The beauty of this form of pruning is that there are no rules, you can be as creative or conservative as you like. The method I have adopted uses the natural features of the tree or shrub including internal branching structure, tight foliage regeneration or overall habit and shape. From tight clipped evergreen shrubs including Hebe and Buxus to internal branching structure of Parottia and Acer japonica creative pruning can be applied to a range of trees and shrubs with some impressive results.

Encouraging flowers, fruit and vigour.

Seasonal pruning

Seasonal pruning requires an understanding of the plant lifecycle. Do the plants flower and fruit on the current or previous seasons branches, are the plants grown for winter stem colour etc? Understanding these elements will enable you to prune correctly and at the right time of year. An important element of seasonal pruning work is to understand timing of nesting birds, working with nature is an important part of the work I do.

Reaching new heights

Raised beds

Raised beds serve a number of purposes in the garden. They can make gardening easier and avoid the need for bending, protect plants from flying footballs belonging to enthusiastic younger members of the family and they can also be used to create beds where soil is poor or contaminated. Beds can be made from a range of materials including timber planks, sleepers (new and recycled), concrete panels or bricks and blocks for a more significant feature.

A whole system approach.

Compost & nutrition

Understanding plant feeding requirements and nutrition should be related to a whole garden approach. If you can install compost bins this is the ideal way to manage plant feeding requirements. Leaving bare soil is not good for the soil as it allows water to run through taking available nutrients away with it, especially nitrogen. Using ground-cover planting even weeds will help to reduce nutrient loss from the soil and reduce the need for feeding.

Supporting the food chain.

Creating a wildlife garden

Attracting wildlife to the garden is important at many levels. Insects act as pollinators for many of our garden and commercial plants resulting in fertilisation and fruit production they also help to build the food chain and attract birds and other animals and wildlife. Simple plant selection including natives and popular annuals and perennials will attract bees and other pollinating insects but dont forgeyt to let them go to seed (in moderation) as this is also a food source and over-wintering home for a range of wildlife.

Right plant in the right place...

Themed planting & landscape projects

We can create a range of themed planting and landscape projects including Mediterranean, Japanese and coastal themes. Where possible and appropriate plants and materials are chosen to complement and work with existing materials and features. Local suppliers are used as much as possible helping to ensure successful plant establishment through use of plants with known local provenance.