by JENNY SHORT
A gorgeous garden is the perfect place to restore your peace of mind and revive your enthusiasm so it is worth making the most of your outdoor space. I see all sorts of sites, from 2 or 3 acre fields to pocket handkerchief sized courtyards, visiting between 70-80 gardens a year. Whatever my clients consider to be the failings of their site - it's too steep; too shady; too soggy; too windswept; too dry or too exposed - there are always ways to turn these apparent defects to advantage, by the addition of structural changes or specific planting combinations that capitalize on the conditions present. In every garden I visit I strive to unfold the hidden potential of the site, and to draw up plans that enable my clients to create their very own patch of paradise.
In every garden that I design, I work as much as possible with the lie of the land to avoid excessive construction work. In planting schemes I select plants that will flourish in your particular soil and aspect and will be favourable to local wildlife - so if you live in Dorset my suggestions won't be the same as if you live in Yorkshire!
Whatever your requirements from your garden - whether it is to accomodate young children; attract lots of insects, birds and small mammals; do your gardening from a wheel chair; grow masses of fruit and veg; or simply sit on a lounger enjoying the fragrance and rustle of leaves - I will design a garden to perfectly meets those needs. Sometimes this is a major change. Sometimes it's just minor tweaking. Whatever the starting point, you will always end up with a garden that will be easy to look after and give you year round interest.
To enable you to achieve your perfect garden I offer three services :
Please see the Portfolio for pictures of a small selection of gardens I have designed; and the Case Study to see one garden from design to completion.