However much you enjoy gardening, at this time of year it’s even nicer to make the time to sit in it and relax as well. Having seats and benches permanantly in place around the garden is the best way to encourage you to do this. If you have to find the keys to the shed […]
Archives for July 2012
After a week of sweltering weather, this looks so cool in every sense of the word. The fountains, at the Cambridge Botanic Garden, were designed by renowned silversmith David Mellor in 1970. They have a wonderful retro feel to them now, very stylish don’t you think? Enjoy the weekend. Jill image: Jill Anderson
Now that summer has arrived and it’s finally stopped raining, you might be thinking of somewhere shady to sit in your garden. A parasol over a table is all very well, but a proper structure would add so much more to your garden. There are countless styles of gazebo or pavilion, this one has a […]
A complete garden makeover was required for this remodelled, mid 19th century house. The design features a kitchen garden, stylish entrance and plenty of practical elements.
Striking features and distinct areas are all brought together through a structured, cohesive design for this large, rural plot. Varied planting provides plenty of seasonal change.
I don’t rely on flower colour as the main-stay of planting designs, but there’s no doubt that an injection of flower colour, as late summer approaches, brings a fresh look to your garden.
Creative use of space in this narrow London garden provides three distinct seating areas, a narrow pool of water and lush planting that provides shape, texture, colour and seclusion.
It’s frustrating isn’t it when you don’t like how your garden looks, but you don’t know where to begin to improve it. The owners of this pretty house had exactly this dilemma, in the six years that they’ve been there they’ve radically changed the interior, it’s very smart and contemporary. But the garden needs to be more traditional, […]
This Courtyard Garden in Battersea was overlooked, devoid of plants and rarely used. Jill’s design flair transformed the space into an enjoyable, secluded space to relax.
Jill’s ‘Renew’ and ‘Spiral’ Show Garden design’s for the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show showcase her creative flair for structural planting and innovative use of materials.
As much as I love seeing the show gardens at RHS Hampton Court, I also like to look out for interesting plants and other design details. This ornamental grass is Hordeum jubatum, it’s quite short-lived, but very pretty, especially against this vivid pink wall. This is Muehlenbeckia, a creeping, wiry vine originally from New Zealand. It’s a […]
One of the Concept Gardens at this years Hampton Court Show, ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’, had a very compelling quality about it. The mix of materials and planting was very succesful, but it was the story behind it’s conception that made it so interesting. It was inspired by Matthew Childs’ experience of being injured […]
An urban oasis sounds tempting doesn’t it? This is one of the features at Hampton Court this year, demonstrating that even the most unpromising corner in a city can be transformed by communities into a valuable green space. One of the eight gardens in this centrepiece is a community allotment. As well as vegetables it contains a greenhouse […]
You may wonder what you have to do to shine above all the other show gardens at Hampton Court to win the title of ‘best in show’. Designed by Anoushka Feiler, the title of the garden is Bridge Over Troubled Water. The bridge represents the journey to freedom from the condition of Overactive Bladder, the plants […]
The owners of this pretty house were completely stuck about how to improve their front garden, so they asked me to create a concept plan that they could implement.
The Show is all set up and ready for the opening tomorrow, but today it was the turn of the Press, invited guests and celebreties to have a look round. This is one of the ‘low cost high impact gardens’. Designed by Mike Harvey and built for a budget of £13,000. The chairs are made out […]
The R.H.S. Hampton Court Palace Flower Show doesn’t open untill the 3-8 July, but I went along this morning for a little preview. The Showground is busy with exibitors putting the finishing touches to their show gardens, nurseries setting up in the Floral marquee and the judges scrutinising the gardens. Medal winners are announced tomorrow evening. This […]