The examples below give a glimpse of the infinite combinations of plants, their colours, textures and forms, for schemes that may be wild, informal or more formal with some structural planting.
Planting gives a garden character and also a rhythm, helping dictate the pace at which a garden is enjoyed. Planting can wow the onlooker, create quieter dappled light filled leafy places for contemplation, form intimate eating areas under pergolas and arbours covered in scented roses and jasmine. The possibilities are endless.
Each scheme is specific to each particular garden, responding to the client's brief. The soil, the environmental conditions, pollinators and the level of maintenance to hand are all taken into consideration.
Projects undertaken include planting around the house, traditional herbaceous borders, mixed borders with both shrub and perennial plants, walled gardens, wild flower meadows, orchards and wilder areas of planting merging with the landscape.
'Plants embody everything that I like to have around me: presence, personality, character. They are supple and therefore strong, and yet soft-spoken and gentle; they are fragrant and delicate; they have movement, colour, structure, scale and proportion. Plants are large in form, tiny in detail and always a single whole. Plants are beautiful in sun and rain, in tropical heat, fighting immortal cold, dancing in the wind, buffeted by storms. Plants have long been part of the earth's history. They come from afar. Their beauty is deep and beyond question. It can be overwhelming; their fragrance beguiling.'