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Mrs Rioch Langley Park Durham.

Case Studies

"Myself and my family are so happy with our garden now. Marie's professionalism in designing, planning, over viewing and helping with the work was exceptional from beginning to end. We could tell that the project meant as much to her as it did to us. "

"As we have such a big garden we were conscious of the project costs and Marie was amazing at giving us affordable ideas and solutions so we were able to achieve our perfect outside space and keep to our budget. Marie sourced a lot of the beautiful plants for our garden and has been a constant help with advice re further planting since then. I cannot recommend Marie highly enough if you are looking for a garden designer who is knowledgable, professional, conscientious but most of all truly cares that the clients wishes are fulfilled."

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Rectangle suburban back garden - Phase one, extend block paving

Rectangle  suburban back garden - after
Brief – Redesign, retaining rectangle area with minimal planting working around existing trees and shrubs with low maintenance. Newly planted hot colour scheme is yet to establish proportion sizes. Existing block paving was extended as briefed.

Simple planting of tiered Cornus controversa,  Acers , Asplenium ferns, Carex grasses,  framed willow screens  and angular raised beds along with  tiered a slate water feature give an oriental feel to the area. Evergreen honeysuckle climbers and variegated shrubs in hot colours are planted for warm year round colour. A cool colour scheme was used for unseen shady left hand side of garden to enhance the shade with silvers foliage and hues of blue and purple. Tile on edge was used to form lawn area adding textural interest in a minimal scheme. Client requested minimal plants.

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Coastal front garden

Brief – Provide help with layout and produce a planting plan to suit. This Edwardian property deserved a traditional look with lots of evergreen formal structure. In keeping with the property I proposed Yew to form the enclosure and fragrant Rose hedging to surround the circular seating area. Central to the seating area is Pyrus a tall ornamental pear which will eventually mature to also give shelter from coastal winds. Existing hedging forms a filter from the winds and also for wildlife interest. Three pyramid hollies form the bones and give height within the garden and also lend further to the traditional feel to link the style of the property. Predominant colours are evergreen and silver, contrasting with softer grass shapes of Stipa giantea, Achillea gold plate and festuca glauca.

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Seaside back garden - L SHAPED

After - Brief to provide seasonal interest for entertaining with wildlife interest and use for much loved pet cats. Gravel central section formed to link existing patio areas bringing flow and continuity to the layout. Tile on edge used to complement 1940 style property. Complementary pastel shades used to harmonize cottage style planting with a degree of order for ease of maintenance. Pergola constructed over seating area to filter sun once climbers established.

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Rural Landscape grounds – Before/After

Rural landscape grounds – play area.

Brief - One of three newly planted areas to link up with large rural grounds.  Newly planted and yet to establish form and colour. Slope terraced in series of three areas formed with sleepers. Top section constructed for seating with artificial grass for low maintenance.  Middle section formed  as play area with child friendly artificial grass surface on raised bed (hidden by play house). Existing lower section incorporated within the redesigned layout. Play house to linking in with existing garden building (un seen) Foreground planting of sage and silver colours to play secondary to newly planted hot colour back border improves existing planting colour scheme within it. Play house painted sage to detract from colourful back border and also to compliment silver and green planting scheme in front border.  The dip within the bank was levelled and filled in.

Silver Pyrus Tree to eventually form dome shape to hide playhouse.

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Barn conversion –  Court yard communal area contemporary style planting

Amend developers planting plan. The court yard to be low maintenance.

Communal courtyard area planted with minimal evergreen formal style planting.

Planting: Buxus sempervirens and Lavendula Hidcote planted in repetition. Newly planted lavendula yet to establish height and colour contrast. Central area to have large lead circular planter, with Ilex pyramidalis with Blue Festuca glauca. (Pyramid shaped holly and blue feathery grass).
The overall theme is in keeping with the style of barn conversion.

The proposed central planter will be in keeping with the dark grey fencing and “farrow and Ball” green paint work on doors and barn lighting. The suggested lead planter with holly and blue grass under planting will provide a focal point unifying the scheme with its overall green, silver and purple theme.

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Edwardian N shaped garden – seaside location

Bespoke screen dividers. Painted trellis and willow contrast. Attached painted planter with harmonising  planting of green, blue and silver.

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