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  • Garden design hotline #10: Teenagers delight in this Thorpe Bay garden design

    This client called as designs as they were looking for some ideas for a Thorpe Bay garden design. They had a young teenager living in the house, I wanted to encourage them out into the garden more. She had a keen love of gardening and wanted to maximise the space to give some jawdropping results.

    Thorpe Bay Garden Design for all the family


    Zoning it

    Katrina began by dividing the garden up into zones that could accommodate different members of the family at the same time. By creating different zones within the garden, you can then begin to treat them like rooms, given them different uses and atmospheres. It helps to hide ugly areas, and is also a great way to cope with level change in the garden.

    Arbour

    Directly outside the back door, Katrina positioned an arbour. This was a small ‘pause point’ if the client wish to pop out and have a cup of coffee in the morning sunshine.

    Dining area

    Under the large existing tree, and area was proposed that was exclusively for dining. Partially visible from the house, this was to be a “staged area’ giving it a grand appeal.

    Fire in the garden

    Towards the back of the garden was the area that could be utilised by all members of the family but particular the teenager. This Thorpe Bay garden design allows for several members of the family to use the garden at the same time. An L-shaped sofa insured that the bottom of the garden would not go unused. A wide patio stretching across the space, also included a pergola which a swing or a hammock could be attached to this at a later date. It also help to mask the shed in the bottom right hand corner.

    First impressions

    The client had a very long hallway, and passing through two doors, the garden was framed three times. Katrina wanted to ensure that the view through the house to the garden was impressive. She proposed a planted bed, quite close to the house edged in box hedge. In the centre of this was to be positioned a specimen tree to give that focus. Make sure you account for the views on to your garden from the house. You will spend more time interacting with it from inside and outside more often than not.

    Levels

    The garden had a slope from left to right, as well as from back to front. Katrina decided to make use of this when she proposed zones. By defining the dining area and the patio at the bottom of the garden this Thorpe Bay garden design allowed for all areas of the garden to be accommodated. Steps descended onto a Lowood lawn into places.

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    Fashionable garden design. We are on the lookout for what is bang on trend

    Fashionable garden design:

    What is the latest fashion in garden design? With Chelsea only weeks away, everyone is waiting with baited breath to find out what’s the latest trends, colour pallets and materials the world of garden design has to show the public. Just up the road, another exhibition is taking place which marries the idea of fashion and nature.

    Beginning in the 16th century, ‘Fashioned from Nature’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum tracks how nature has influenced fashion, but also help materials found in nature has been used Of the century is to create fabrics and garments.

    From detailed botanical embroidery to earrings made from birds of paradise, the relationship between nature and fashion is complex and often controversial. This exhibition will take you on a journey through centuaries of fashion that have drawn inspiration from, and planted the natural world-through to the contemporary innovators who are directly addressing the issues caused by the industry.

     

    The Past

    Starting around 1600, the exhibition begins to look at how we use resources in nature to create garments. From silk and cotton right through to more modern practice. Everything from dresses to shoes is present in the exhibition. Here we see a pair of women’s shoes from around 1720. Created from Worsted wool, linen and Leather. Beautiful embroidered silk and linen waistcoat depicting make a monkeys was copied from illustrations in the Comte de Buffon’s natural history in Encyclopedia of 1749 to 1788. We can see the monkey offering his companion a fruit, this is a crap eating macaque. Is a lion tailed macaque.

    Wonderfully embroidered silk showing a scene with monkeys.

    Wonderfully embroidered silk showing a scene with monkeys.

    The British cotton from which this dress is made is block printed with trails of flowers. Dating from 1780, this dress was altered 20 years later to give it a more fashionable appearance. Garments from this period often shows signs of updating and repair. Clothing was valued and not disposed of so readily as today.

    Early recycling. This dress was updated to reflect modern fashion 20 years after its original creation.

    Early recycling. This dress was updated to reflect modern fashion 20 years after its original creation.


    Modern methods

    Through the exhibition the construction of the garments are dissected. Whether it is in their construction, or in the materials that are used. From new discoveries in dying fabrics, to different materials used to create the fabric. In this garment, old and new methods were used. The dressmaker has stiffened the bodiced with baleen (whalebone) and that supported the skirts with underskirts, A horsehair pad and two factory made steal half hoops, which are held in place by industrially produced elastic rubber tape. The outer drape is off plain wool woven on a power loom. The Silk velvet was probably woven by hand with two heights with of in the floral pattern in imitation of 17th century Lace from Venice.

    A French walking dress from around 1880. Old and new methods were used to create this outfit.

    A French walking dress from around 1880. Old and new methods were used to create this outfit.


    Using the exhibits as inspiration

    Here we have an x-ray off the hat believed to be teamed with the walking dress. The starling on this hat has had its feathers supplemented with those of another bird. Probably a goose. The maker has rearrange and then bleached, died and painted feathers to suggest a larger, more exotic species. The beak has also been modified. Its skin has been peeled back to elongate it and it’s too has been dyed. The stark photographic graphic nature of the x-ray to inspire me to make a fashionable garden design sketch. The garden in question sees a large elliptical area of pebble mosaic reminiscent of the brim of the hat, Coupled with a large area of lawn.

     

    Fashionable garden design inspired by Victorian walking hat

    Fashionable garden design inspired by Victorian walking hat

    One of my favourite modern designers is the milliner Philip Tracy. His creations are works of art and I love the way they marry a practical item with such craft. Here, a fashionable garden design is delivered with inspiration from “blowing in the wind” the dynamic hat, created by Philip Treacy’s. His windswept veil, conjoures memories of high winds whipping along everything in their path. At the same time perhaps feathers seem to grow around the head, forming an organic green curtain that protects the wearer. This garden design sees a patio, with huge sweeping bamboo archways spanning the width of the seating area, providing the user with shade and shelter. Where these large archways end, huge Stipa gigantica sweep out across the planting bed to create movement and dynamism.

    fashionable garden design inspired by “wind swept hat“ by Philip Treacy

    fashionable garden design inspired by “wind swept hat“ by Philip Treacy

     

    Modern times

    On the upper level, we explore fashion from the 20th century and how, with modern knowledge, technology and ethics, we are trying to make fashion environmentally sound and sustainable. Many modern fashion designers can be seen here from Vivian Westwood, to Alexander McQueen. A dress by Jean Paul Gaultier, looks like the old fashion fur with the face of a leopard showing across the bust. However, on close inspection , You can see that it is all an illusion and that the leopard skin is actually made entirely from beads taking over 1000 hours to create. The whole area is dedicated to contemporary fashion choices with areas in courage in a make do and mend approach, as well as different sustainable materials that can be used to create garments.

    What appears to be an animal skin, is actually made from thousands of tiny beads. Shown here in this Jean Paul Gaultier ‘cat woman dress

    What appears to be an animal skin, is actually made from thousands of tiny beads. Shown here in this Jean Paul Gaultier ‘cat woman dress

     

    Fashioned from nature examines how close and production has changed over time and the challenges faced by all of us today-to create and buy clothes it’s a beautiful and responsible, and to value our clothes small.
    Choose carefully; look good
    Where wisely Siri: feel good
    Recycle : be generous

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  • How to be your own London roof garden designer.

    Add the woof to your roof! We give you some top tips to turn you into your own London roof garden designer.

    With space at a premium, being a London roof garden designer is a much sought after trade. As a London roof garden designer, we are often called upon to provide solutions. Roof spaces. Coming with a variety of restrictions it can be more important to use the services of a professional in such a space then in a larger plot. If you can’t stretch the budget to working with the garden design company, we give you a few pointers to all some umph to your balcony.

    How to design a roof garden


    Know your space

    Very often with gardens are in freehold buildings, it is crucial that you understand what the building restrictions might be. Do you need planning permissions? In this garden no fixtures were to be allowed above the height of the balcony, and we had to get special permission to put a nail in the wall. Check the services team what’s your allowed to do. Consider as well your weight loading. Soil is heavy. Mix it with a lightweight aggregate and soil mix. Place heavy planters over a load bearing beam or joist. Consider the exposed nature. What plants will work in these conditions?

    Statement furniture

    Make it stunning. If you have a small space stand out from the crowd statement furniture. Indulge yourself. Otherwise the space will become simple exercise in cupboard storage. Be bold. You won’t regret it.

    Relationship with the surrounding environment.

    Sometimes there can be a lot of fun in having a “nod” towards the surrounding environment. I once saw work by another London roof garden designer where he had created a replica of the River Thames in pebbles, in a roof garden by the Thames. Here in this setting we simply added a triptych of Tower Bridge. The stella view was worth echoing in the space.

    Scale

    Scale it up or scale it down, either way its a knockout treatment for your space. It creates magic. Just make one thing slightly larger than it should be for the space and it creates a topsy-turvy edge. It works. Promise.

    Storage solutions

    Most London roof garden designers need to allow for cunning storage. Really consider what you need to store and whether you can scale it back. Make a space for outdoor cushions. If space is tight inside, make sure you factor space in outside. Here we put decking cubes on castors and add hinged lids. Et voila. Together they form a bench, sperately they can be used individually as a storage stool. Bingo. Hidden storage

    Colour

    It is likely, that the planting space will need to be in pots. It is also likely that space maybe at a premium. Use your walls and choose wisely materials for your planters to add that all important winter colour if you need it. Don’t rely on the plans to deliver year round. Use cushions and tableware through the warmer months to up the ante, and rely on boundary colour choices and planters to see you through the winter months.

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    Hockley Garden designer comes to the rescue.

    Katrina our Hockley garden designer was called to a family house that needed a garden overhaul. A complete blank canvas, they wanted to make the most of the sunnier spaces in the plot but also add interest from plants.

    Hockley garden designer needed to add interest in this plot

    Hockley garden designer needed to add interest in this plot


    The Brief

    The client has lived in this new build property since it was built around three years ago.
    As is often the case with new builds the garden has little of interest offer – a very small patio, lawn and no planting. The client wishes to maximise the outdoor space and create two areas for dining and relaxing. They have a seven-year-old daughter which they would also like to make provision for in the space. The client has a love of plants and would like a modern feel with some seasonal variety.

    Hockley garden designer comes up with some ideas

    Hockley garden designer comes up with some ideas

     

    Pathways through the space

    This design follows the curve of the existing boundary wall to dictate its layout. It creates wide curves to create the illusion of space and splits the garden into different areas for dining and relaxing.
    A deep wide curved path laid with Autumn Brown sawn honed sandstone joins both the lounge and kitchen doors together and sweeps across to the left hand side of the space wrapping round the corner of the building towards the garage door. To the right of the space will be a curved pathway, laid with black basalt planks in a radial pattern, running around the side of the house from the utility room door to the patio directly outside the lounge doors. The curved basalt pathway helps to divide the children’s area, tucked around the side of the house, from the rest of the garden.

    Circular pathway motifs carve up the space

    Circular pathway motifs carve up the space


    Sunny part of the garden

    Two steps lead down to the lower area adjoining the rear of the garage where the floor is laid with a large patio of sawn honed Pure Mint sandstone. This area will be enclosed by a rendered block retaining wall separating the lower area from the rest of the garden. Two hardwood curved benches will form a semi-circular seat. A large deep bed behind the retaining wall on the upper level of the garden will be densely planted to provide screening from the neighbour’s house behind. Deep planting will run along the edge of a curved central lawn, which will be edged with flexible metal edging to produce a crisp clean finish.

    The newly created lower area.

    The newly created lower area.


    The Patio

    In the top right hand corner of the garden will be an oval patio laid with Pure Mint sawn honed paving, bisected by a short curved section of black basalt paving to echo the path running around the side of the house. This area will provide a more informal seating opportunity and nocturnal focal point through the patio doors. It will feature a corten steel fire table for night time entertaining.

    The second patio area

    The second patio area


    The Children’s area

    The children’s area will include a wooden wigwam, ready for customising with paint, an outdoor black board on the wall, and a hanging ‘cacoon’ seat suspended from the boundary wall. Play bark will provide a safe surface and the area would be suitable for adding bunting and other personalised touches. Corten steel edging strip will create a low boundary between the play area and the rest of the garden. Planting in the space will be modern and contemporary with areas of block planting, but also utilising seasonal perennials.


    Are you in need of a Hockley Garden designer?

    Do you live in London or Essex and are in need of a garden overhaul. Why not give a member of the Earth Design team a ring and get the ball rolling.

    inspiration comes from the Fibonacci sequence, Kandinsky , and Art Deco motives

    inspiration comes from the Fibonacci sequence, Kandinsky , and Art Deco motives

     

    strong architectural circles, steps and elliptical shapes.

    strong architectural circles, steps and elliptical shapes.

     

    Hockley garden design plan to scale detailing the project

    Hockley garden design plan to scale detailing the project

     

     visuals show how the garden works from every angle

    visuals show how the garden works from every angle

     

    planting echoes the strong shapes of the space

    planting echoes the strong shapes of the space

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    Seeds of design: Modern drinks trolley serves up a garden

    This wonderfully eye-catching modern drinks trolley called Chariot by GamFratesi really caught my eye in the Denmark Design Museum. Bold in colour and in style, it takes no prisoners.

    GamFratesi Chariot drinks trolley

    The GamFratesi Chariot drinks trolley


    The seed of inspiration

    The chariot is a side-table composed of three elements; wheels, trays and structure. The wheels, which in common trolleys are usually very small have been made huge and become the central element of the design, giving the trolley an iconic and unique expression. Its bold, no-nonsense colour and its simple shapes give it a retro feel.

    Modern Art Deco-inspired garden design

    Modern Art Deco-inspired garden design


    The budding garden design

    This is a real no-nonsense design. Strong shapes reflective of the drinks trolley span the garden. Two identical circles laid with porcelain paving and with planting allow space for dining or sitting. A rectangular artificial lawn fills the centre of the space and is bounded on all four sides by a pathway. The narrow pathway running down the left hand side is reminiscent of the handle on the trolley. The wider path running down the right hand side echoes the width of the MDF trays. Steel or high-gloss fabricated archways interrupt the wide pathway adding a sense of drama to the design. Nandina domestica or Heuchera ruffles fill the plant beds, giving it a sassy and excitable red tone.

    Other influences bloom

    The era of Art Deco was fabulously modern with bold, symbolic shapes moving away from the previous Art Nouveau wave. Here, Art Deco influences are from Marion Dorn rugs right through to iconic Bakelite radios. László Moholy-Nagy artwork is hugely inspirational, as are the iconic shapes in the Nord Express travel poster.

    Influences include bakelite radios, Marion Dorn rugs and Maholy Nagy art.

    Influences include Bakelite radios, Marion Dorn rugs and László Moholy-Nagy artwork.

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    In the Shedquarters – Self-watering planter is the answer to my prayers

    Something that makes my life easier is always good news and nothing is more so than a self-watering planter. It is stylish and practical.

    This self-watering planter ticks both boxes

    This self watering planter ticks both boxes


    The garden of a garden designer

    People assume because I am a garden designer that I have an amazing garden. Not true. I have grand ideas about how I would like my garden to look, but it doesn’t always work out like that. Every year I diligently plant out the pots around my front door and water them for the first couple of times and then forget, Or don’t have time, or think I’ll get back to that later. Another day. They end up looking more dead than alive. Every year, I try and streamline my spare time a little bit more, but still have to remember to water the pots.

    The perfect solution

    That is why I love self-watering planters, but have always struggled to find one that actually looks nice. They always seem to look like something you would find in a hospital ward. However these ones from Glowpear tickled my fancy. They seem to have a good range of different shapes, styles and sizes ranging from the urban garden, to the cafe planter, from the mini-wall to the mini-rail and the mini-bench. They all seem to be suitable for indoors or outdoors meaning that you could move your plants around if you need to.

    The mini-wall planter

    I particularly like the mini-wall planter, as I think often wall plants are the hardest ones to keep on top of. With the mini-wall you can cultivate fresh produce effortlessly and the self-watering planter is specifically designed to make wall-mounted vertical gardening simple and rewarding. It is a neat looking product that can be fixed to any vertical structure or boundary, and I think delivers a practical solution. I just need to source them in UK now.

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    Help! Our East London Courtyard needs an overhaul.

    This family have lived in this East London Courtyard for many years. Although small, they wanted to make the most of it, provoding them with an extra room for all of them to enjoy.

    East London Courtyard in need of some pizazz

    East London Courtyard in need of some pizazz


    The Brief

    This east London courtyard currently has little of interest to offer and is in need of a revamp. It has brick walls along both side boundaries which offer little privacy. The higher back wall is overgrown with ivy. The whole space is currently paved and the client has a freestanding table and chairs for dining.

    Our garden designer packs a lot in

    Our garden designer packs a lot in


    The WOW factor

    The client wishes to create an exciting and exhilarating space that all the family to enjoy. It is the last project to be undertaken on the renovation of the house, and they would like it to have ‘wow’ factor.

    Using the gardens longest plain stretches the space

    Using the gardens longest plain stretches the space


    Integrated Benches

    The design features two large fixed benches installed at a 45 degree angle to ‘stretch’ the perspective of the garden and make it appear larger. The first will be deep enough to function as a daybed, with a hinged lid to allow for storage of cushions underneath.

    Fixed bench make the most efficient use of space

    Fixed bench make the most efficient use of space


    Storage

    The second bench will be open underneath to allow storage of a coffee table to maximise the free space when not in use. The bench seats will be backed by raised beds at the same height as the benches, which will be constructed from facer panels of stainless steel with a marine ply backing.

    The table is stored under the bench to free up space

    The table is stored under the bench to free up space


    Archway and swing

    Height will be added to the garden with the inclusion of a chunky oak timber arch, also on a 45° angle. This structure will also enable inclusion of overhead lighting and allow the client to add a swing chair. The back wall will be cleared of all ivy, rendered and painted to create a smooth backdrop to the space. The centre of the back wall will be adorned with a decorative metal tile panel, with evergreen climbers planted either side to soften the whole look.

    A bold archway across the space allows for a swing to be hung when needed

    A bold archway across the space allows for a swing to be hung when needed


    Privacy

    To aid privacy, slatted timber panels will be fixed to the top of the right hand boundary wall. Flooring in the space will be in a light grey sandstone plank laid at a 45° angle to the house to further stretch the garden’s perspective. The paving will be bisected by a stainless steel water rill fed by pipe fixed to the raised bed.

    Detail in the paving adds interest

    Detail in the paving adds interest


    Outdoor cooking

    A pizza oven will be placed in the bottom left hand corner of the garden. There will be a counter top fixed to the back wall and the timber arch to allow pizza preparation. The existing steps from garden to back door will be replaced with a new staircase constructed from a softwood timber frame with hardwood planks for steps and risers. The landing adjoining the back door will be slightly widened and extended to allow the client to place a seat. The planting scheme will be strong and architectural including cypress sempervivum skyrockets to add height and box balls to punctuate the lower area. Long flowering herbaceous perennials and climbers will help to soften the scheme

    An outdoor pizza oven adds any extra dimension

    An outdoor pizza oven adds any extra dimension


    East London Courtyard design needed?

    If you need a design for your East London Courtyard or garden please get in touch to start the process of getting the garden space that works for you.

    Strong lines, bold arches and vibrant colours create the themes

    Strong lines, bold arches and vibrant colours create the themes

     

     

    Inspiration comes from Lego, Elbow album and Aladdin Sane

    Inspiration comes from Lego, Elbow album and Aladdin Sane

    Elevations are shown in the scale plan

    Elevations are shown in the scale plan

    Visuals show the themes of the garden

    Visuals show the themes of the garden

     

     

     

    Planting features evergreens as well as herbs

    Planting features evergreens as well as herbs

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    We need some help. We need a Rochford garden designer

    These clients were looking for a Rochford garden designer. Two had recently become free with the birth of their daughter and they were looking to make the most of their cottage in Rochford. The garden has had little down to it, and it said the communal walkway with other residents. They wanted something low maintenance but pleasant to be in. They gave as designed a call to see what they come up with.

    The Rochford garden design was needed to revamp the space

    The Rochford garden design was needed to revamp the space

     

    Brief

    The clients have have lived in the property for a numbers of years and have previously paid little attention to the garden. However, the recent arrival of their new baby has prompted them to consider an overhaul of their outside space. The back garden is a very communal area with four gardens in a row. They are connected by a shared path. They are keen to retain the open aspect between the gardens. They are on a budget, and would like the design to include somewhere to sit and provision for their daughter to play.

    Rule of thirds

    The design divides the garden into three distinct sections. An area of artificial lawn allows for a paddling pool, sandpit or other play equipment. Running down the left-hand side of the garden will be a path constructed from 200mm x 800mm granite plank stepping stones with a Scottish pebble surround.

    Breaking the garden into three sections helps it seem larger

    Breaking the garden into three sections helps it seem larger


    Grow your own

    A third of the way down the garden a 600mm high raised railway sleeper planter will allow the client to grow vegetables. A flush level bed to the left of this will contain the client’s existing olive tree and a selection of culinary herbs. Behind this area will be a black slate patio framed by a slatted timber screen onto which the client can mount their mirrored sash window.

    An area in the centre of the garden in the raised bed gives the opportunity for ‘grow your own’.

    An area in the centre of the garden in the raised bed gives the opportunity for ‘grow your own’.


    Somewhere to play

    The back of the garden will accommodate is a bespoke storage unit and timber pergola which will be suitable for hanging children’s play equipment. Planting in the space is primarily climbers with a few low maintenance evergreen shrubs and herbaceous perennials.

    A pergola at the bottom of the garden allows the children’s play equipment to be hung

    A pergola at the bottom of the garden allows the children’s play equipment to be hung

     

    If you are looking for Rochford garden designer, or live anywhere in Essex or London, do please give Earth Designs a ring to arrange your garden design advice consultation and get some good creative advice for your space. To see more images from the project please visit our Pinterest board Rochford Garden Design or to see how the project pans out as we build it please visit our Facebook page Rochford Garden Design.

    Influences in this garden come from Rubiks cube, Macintosh chairs Bauhaus architecture

    Influences in this garden come from Rubiks cube, Macintosh chairs Bauhaus architecture

     

    Features include granite paving, black slate and strong pergola.

    Features include granite paving, black slate and strong pergola.

     

    This scale garden plan shows the front and back gardens.

    This scale garden plan shows the front and back gardens.

     

    A series of visuals created on Google sketch up helps the client understand the space.

    A series of visuals created on Google sketch up helps the client understand the space.

     

    Low maintenance plants help to green up the plot.

    Low maintenance plants help to green up the plot.

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  • Garden design hotline #9: A stylish garden in North London

    The client needed a stylish garden design to complement their maisonette in North London. They were due to get married, and were planning to start a family and wanted to ensure that the garden was as child friendly as possible.

    North London garden design

    A stylish North London garden design


    A garden on different levels

    Trapdoor storage

    Trapdoor storage is a sneaky way to store garden bits and pieces

    The garden had many different levels. Katrina wanted to unify the space by limiting the amount of steps, and where possible creating a flat surface. Storage was also an issue, so Katrina decided to play to the garden’s strengths and suggested trapdoor storage with a thumb-hook lift. Each of the decking spaces that were above the main ground level in the garden, were to become trapdoor storage trunks.

    A courtyard approach

    Decking would create a platform outside the house, with decking steps down from the left-hand side containing the trapdoor storage. The large area of decking filled a quarter of the garden and was suitable for a small table and chairs. Porcelain tiles bisected this and filled the rest of the garden, leading to a planting border around the edge.

    Beautiful boundaries

    The existing fences were tatty and unforgiving. Katrina suggested that a timber-slatted fence replace it to create a slick, unified feel to the garden. In the back left-hand corner, a pergola would be built with a laser-cut Corten steel panel forming an elegant roof. This would create privacy from the neighbours on the left-hand side, which was overlooked by a balcony.

    A safe space for children

    Corten steel wall

    A Corten steel wall with planting to soften the effect

    To prevent children from falling over the edge of the main patio, Katrina suggested a Corten steel wall, with a planting bed in front. Three planters were to be positioned in front of this wall to add winter colour, as well as create a beautiful vista of the garden from the lower-ground floor bedroom.

    If you are looking for stylish garden design in London and the south-east of England, book your free garden design consultation now by contacting Katrina and Matt on 01702 597587 or email us at info@earthdesigns.co.uk.

    This garden build is due to start April 2018, please follow it progress on our facebook page or check out the Pinterest Board

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    How to add lighting in the garden: we give you five top tips to illuminate your outdoor space

    Lighting in a garden can be the vital finishing touch to bring the space to life. Very often we spend more time interacting that goes from the inside out, none more so at night time. Good lighting in the garden also extend the usability of the garden. By illuminating the space, you can up the ante when the sun goes down. Below we give you five top tips for lighting in the garden

    Architectural lighting

    Lighting along the edge of steps, all lighting the posts the pergola for example are a great way to show off the framework of your garden. It is always worth remembering, that any structures that can have a light fitting mounted onto them such as a purple, shape, golden office or even the house are fantastic as they are allow pools of light to target areas of the garden. Consider how well lighting works when things are back late. Things such as Perspex, or stainless steel mesh diffuser light beautifully, creating a magical feel any more space.

    Including features in the garden that will create a diffused light such as Perspex can really make a difference.

    Including features in the garden that will create a diffused light such as Perspex can really make a difference.


    Up-lighting

    If you have trees in your garden, nothing looks more magical than beams of light lighting the underside of foliage or the trunk (particularly if the park is interesting). Use lighting to defuse through planting and cast shadows on vertical surfaces. A Single spotlight can make the garden come alive at night. Spotlight angled from the base of plants will conceal the light source and avoid glare.

    A well lit tree can create huge drama in the garden

    A well lit tree can create huge drama in the garden


    Accent lighting

    Using pots or ornaments is a great way to direct light. Position in the light of the base of a planter, or Angling a light on the sculpture, creates planes of light. When spotlit, this accent lighting in the garden, can create a spell showstopper, it helps direct attention towards focal points in the space.

    Accent lighting, such as eliminating pots helps to bring the features alive at night

    Accent lighting, such as eliminating pots helps to bring the features alive at night


    Natural light

    Not to be underestimated, but always remember light in the garden is also present during the day. Depending on the aspect of your space, some really interesting shadows can be cast, particularly dramatic if you have a very architectural garden design. Think about how a silhouette of an architectural plant would look against a rendered wall. Consider, for example, natural sunlight on metal, what a body of water might reflect, How does the shiny surface interact with its environment. All of these really upped the ante in any lighting scheme.

    Some great reflections are cast on this high-gloss black Perspex

    Some great reflections are cast on this high-gloss black Perspex

     

    Candlelight

    Not to be underestimated, lighting in the garden also include naked flames. Don’t forget, that open fire creates the most wonderfully woman light. T lights, storm lanterns and candles are fairly unbeatable around any entertaining area.

    Lights with personality

    Sometimes, it is great to include lights on your screen that warrant their own place. These polyurethene spheres were part of a grouping pattern that appeared throughout the garden. Fairy lights, create a real medical field any space, and can be draped over pergolas, through trees or across the garden itself.

    This quirky Moosehead created a real illuminated talking point

    This quirky Moosehead created a real illuminated talking point

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