Here are a few pictures of some of the projects that I have undertaken
The Shade Garden
Carols garden is north facing and thus receives very little direct sunlight. The old garden lacked structure and due to the lack of light, felt dark and uninviting. The aim of the project was to make an easy to maintain social space, that was bright and lush with shade loving plants. Landscaping materials were chosen carefully with environmental impact considered at every step. When the frost has past, the garden will be fully planted, with tree ferns taking centre stage. Watch this space!
Here is how The Shade Garden was created in an environmentally conscious and wildlife friendly way..
- Natural walling and paving stone as well as lime mortar was used instead of concrete based products. This has a far smaller impact on the environment in the production process.
- Both the in built corner seat and garden store are made from reclaimed wood from local reclamation yards. As well as not contributing to timber consumption, the use of reclaimed wood reduces the amount that may find its way into landfill.
- A green roof was installed on the garden store. This helps attract wildlife in, reduces run off (lowering the flood risk) and creates more surface area for plants. The store also has an internal water butt.
-The pond is a must have if you want to help wildlife. Ponds help to encourage amphibians, aquatic insects and birds into your garden.
- Unseen construction materials like adhesives and wood oils were only used if they were environmentally friendly and wildlife safe.
Wildlife Paradise Garden
From a small and bare urban courtyard, to a lush haven, this has been one of my biggest projects to date. Almost every element of this garden design had wildlife an environment in mind, with the raised wildlife friendly pond as the focal point. Other features include a reclaimed wood store with green roof, insect friendly planting, and a vegetable growing area.
I have tried to create an urban garden that is as self sustainable as possible. Installing a water butt means less tap water is used and making a nettle fertiliser station means the garden can be fed organically. A cold frame means salad and veg can be sown and grown almost all year round.
Bug hotels and bird feeders have also been installed. The pond has an access and exit point for aquatic life and the walls are built with recessed pointing to attract all the little critters.
Planted Lounging Deck
This small deck was built at the back of the garden, shaded by a large cherry tree. The built in planters were filled with shade loving woodland species and double up as back rests. There is even a little wildlife hollow. The planting included native ferns, vinca, toad lilies, hellebores, crocus bulbs and a star jasmine.
Reclaimed Wood Bike Store
This bike store was made using reclaimed wood from the Bristol Wood Recycle Project. Using the reclaimed wood is great for a number of reasons including reducing wood waste and creating an aged rustic look to the structure.
Green Roof Recycle Station
The clients wanted a bin store that was as unintrusive as possible for their front garden. This slim line store was planted with sun loving species in a fairly shallow growing medium. I chose plants like sedums, thymes, dianthus as well as a few other alpine species.