We were planting up a garden for Steed Construction this week in Hartfield, gorgeous house just about to go on the market, very high specification. This is our 5th job with Steed Construction, based in Hastings, who build gorgeous family homes in Sussex. We designed the garden and planting.
Here are some lovely pots we filled with bright autumn colour for the front deck area with a backdrop of the barn door that's painted black, I chose something bright and light.
Planting Sedum spectabile 'Stardust' with Carex oshimensis 'Everest'.
greencube are currently working on a small front and rear garden in Greenwich with replica victorian tiles, and some wonderful steel fabricated shelves. here are the front garden visuals, we use sketchup pro to develop the designs helping our clients and our landscapers understand our vision right from the start.
I'm often asked to design gardens for my family including my Mum and Step Dad, my brother and sister in law and my Mother and Father in Law. They receive a bit of greencube magic, some time and commitment from me and a lovely garden to enjoy. They all have embraced their gardens and are making the most of their outdoor space. Here's my Mum's garden completed last year but looking even better this year. They spend a lot of time pottering in their new garden and its made a difference to their daily life and enjoyment.
Here we have designed an oak seat incorporated within a raised oak planter, full of Nepeta and Salvia's. The seat has been underplanted with Erigeron, Hakonechloa, spilling out and softening the space.
Here we plug any gaps with ground hugging geranium's to reduce weeding. Note the black fences that push all the colours of the plants forward, making them lighter and brighter.
The shed has been given a face lift with a lick of external shades paint, we have also designed some arches that anchor off the shed, framing a view and creating a support for the climbers, the shed has been proudly brought into the garden and doesn't feel shoved in the corner but linked to the decking and proud to be part of the garden!
My Mum saw a Hydrangea that we had planted in another garden called Hydrangea 'Pinky Winky' that she liked and so we included it in her palette of plants.
greencube is in for a very busy Autumn, planting up gardens in Offham, Sevenoaks, Ashford, Trottiscliffe, Seal and Hartfield. We are planting one garden each week as well as continuing with existing and new clients designs. We are taking new enquiries for January/February 2017. planting You need to keep very fit to sustain the workload of a planting day, offloading lots of plants from the lorries, setting out and planting is a hard task but transforms the spaces immediately. Gemma and I can clock up over 20,000 steps on each day and walk the equivalent of 11/12 km in one day's planting. But we love it... Lots of our gardens designed this year are being completed this autumn. So we are super excited to see them finally completed.
new garden cantilevered we love a cantilevered step and here we have transformed this tiny garden into a modern, easy to maintain social space. The steps are cantilevering out of the deck to create a wonderful journey to the lower garden. This garden is in a small courtyard space in Sevenoaks, we have re-named this one the 'pocket garden'. Our clients said "We love the garden so thank you very much "
this garden has zero threshold, a smooth transition from inside to outside, we have linked to their new wooden floors and dark grey window, connecting and fusing the two.
using a simple repeat palette of materials. Here we have incorporated a practical lift up top to the bench to store their garden stuff
we have also included three re-circulating water blades that cascade into a dark grey pebble mulch, the lower area has been laid with astro turf, fitted to represent a carpet rather than a lawn.
the oak sleepers are painted to tie in with the window frame, creating robust steps to lower area
connecting the garden with the house interior
very few plants - Dicksonia, Hosta, Polystichum and Buxus - an easy palette to maintain.
cantilevered bench suspended from boundary wall.
here's how it looked during the start of the extension build:
watch this space we are currently working on a small garden in Kings Hill, modern clean, social space that includes polymer rendered walls in burnt orange, dark grey and white that retain the level changes. Garden includes exciting social spaces that combine with built in seating, hanging egg chair, fire bowl, large pots for herbs, exciting colours and a mix of tropical planting with purple and orange accent colours.
cor-ten steel garden in Great Walsingham, Norfolk is not quite finished the last bit of planting to be completed in the Autumn but it's really taking shape and the perennial and ornamental grasses are doing well. The chamomile lawn and mini pond not quite ready for photos yet.