Monday, 9 April 2018

greencube's design wins a national award

Huge congratulations to Langdale Landscapes who built our garden in Sevenoaks, scooping APL (Association of Professional Landscapers) award in London last month.

Super attention to detail, delivery of quality landscaping.

Great day and evening of celebrations. One of my favourite gardens completed in 2016.



Credit to our aftercare team too who keep this garden looking tip top condition, all year.

























garden designed by greencube
hard landscape construction by langdale landscapes
project monitored by greencube
planting by greencube
aftercare by greencube

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

greencube loves a 'Cantilever '

Designers and architects are attracted to the cantilever - definition: a beam or plate constructed and fixed at one end but floating at the other. A simple and strong design element, creating an unfussy modern feel.

Greencube have been designing cantilevers over the last 11 years in various forms including steps, tables, seats and benches.


Seating - Cantilevered Bench


Here we have installed a floating bench, steel supports are constructed within the block wall and project out to support the deck boards, a return on the seating hides the steel supports. This is a simple format but looks fab and creates a wonderful social space.




Garden designed by greencube
Garden construction outdoor creation
Garden planted by greencube


Steps - Cantilevered steps


Here we have installed large lumps of black granite, textural contrast to the white rendered wall, the steps take you up to a border, used occasionally. The granite has been been built into the fabrication of the block 225mm concrete reinforced wall.







Garden designed by greencube
Garden construction Oakleigh Manor
Garden planted by greencube



Curved Bench - cantilevered

Here we designed a curvy bench, due to the nature of the curved wall we had this templated as soon as the wall was built, installing a seasoned oak bench that is fed onto 7 steel rods, with hidden fixings. There's a 20mm gap from oak to wall to allow movement and breathing space, the floating curvy bench seats up to 9 people. Looks dramatic at night with colour changing LED strip fixed to the underside of the bench.




Garden designed by greencube
Garden constructed by Creative Landscapes
Garden planted by greencube


Oak table - cantilevered


Here we cantilevered a table with a rill of strawberries running through the centre. The steel cantilever supports the table with a hidden framework within the wall. The table is made of seasoned oak.






Garden designed by greencube
Garden construction Hadlow B.A Garden Design Students & 
Brian Hawtin (lecturer)
Garden planted by greencube & students 


Green Oak Sleeper Steps - Cantilevered


Here's a really simple and economical choice, the cantilevered steps have been installed within the underside of the decking, hidden by the vertical decking that frames the steps. The steps have been painted a dark slate grey to match the sliding doors.



Garden designed by greencube
Garden construction langdale landscapes
Garden planted by greencube


Curve oak bench - Cantilevered

Here we have installed another curvy bench, against a ragstone wall, for a Barn in Ide Hill. We have added walkover spot lights for a dramatic night time effect.






Garden designed by greencube
Garden construction ducey landscapes
Garden planted by greencube

Greencube's Own Garden with steps - Cantilevered


Here's my own garden, I had to sneek a few cantilever steps in.....



Here in my vegetable garden I have installed these very low key sleeper steps which have been pinned into the wall, I use them occasionally as a short cut to the top lawn.



Garden designed by greencube
Garden construction Quest Landscapes
Garden planted by greencube
Maintained by greencube


Saturday, 30 December 2017

greencube 2017 - Highlights

What a year we've had, here's a whistle stop tour of our fabulous year.

We started the year raising money for charity running a 10k at Hyde park.


January 2017



And a visit to Morocco visiting lots of gardens in Marrakech and some chill out time in the Atlas mountains.




Yves Saint Laurent Garden




Mamounia Hotel



le jardin secret





February 2017


We were featured in a new book published in February - Vertical Gardens, by Leigh Clapp and Hattie Klotz, featuring my RHS Hampton Court Gold medal and best small garden.








March and April 2017


We were rewarded with wonderful displays in our gardens, see its so worth it - all those bulbs give you so much joy....




We also visited Kuekenhof, in Amsterdam to compare.



Catherine Clancy (Garden Designer) and me at Keukenhof.




April 2017


We finally finished planting a garden in West Malling, a new build house in an area of outstanding natural beauty overlooking the North Downs. I worked alongside the architects - Open Architecture through 6 months of planning before Langdale started constructing this one. 

This garden is now a finalist in a national garden construction competition -  APL (Association of Professional Landscapers) awards, watch this space - good luck Langdale Landscapes....











garden designed by greencube
hard landscaping - langdale landscapes
project monitored - greencube
planting - greencube



We have been very busy designing gardens throughout 2017, and are now booked out into April 2018 with new designs. Susan has joined our design team on a part-time basis, which is very exciting.

We always uses Sketchup to design our gardens in 3d, we export movies and lots of views so that our clients can really understand their newly proposed garden.





We've worked on a Grade 2 listed barn in Leigh.




Here's how it looked this summer.



We also designed a small courtyard garden in Kings Hill, built by Quest Landscapes, planted by greencube.










garden design - greencube
hardscapes - Quest landscapes
planting - greencube



July 2017


Our garden for a wonderful Oast House in Offham in its first year, maintained by our greencube team, built by Creative Landscapes who did a fab job on the ragstone wall


















garden designed by greencube
hard landscaping - creative landscapes
pond construction - pondscapes
planting - greencube
aftercare - greencube





July 2017

We completed a wonderful garden in Sevenoaks, one of my favourites this year, also a finalist in the APL awards. This garden was designed for a family with contrast of materials and soft planting being the main focus of our design and contrasting choice of materials to make this a very special space.




















garden designed by greencube
hard landscaping - langdale landscapes
lighting - PS electrics
project monitored - greencube
planting - greencube
aftercare - greencube




July 2017

We were featured in Modern Gardens.




showcasing our Chislehurst garden. 





garden designed by greencube
hard landscaping - quest landscapes
planting - greencube


July 2017


And we featured in House Beautiful magazine.


Nice that our RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, gold medal/best small garden is still en vogue, featured in House Beautiful in July. The garden highlights how climate change might affect fruit growing in Kent, from strawberry growing to Peach groves to Lemon trees. The garden contains water movement throughout with rills dissecting the garden. Herb walls, vertical strawberry growing and much more.......



August 2017


Our garden in Chelsfield in its first year looking splendid.










garden design - greencube
hardscapes - Rockfield Landscapes
planting - greencube
maintenance - greencube

Meanwhile in Mersham in Ashford our orange walled garden was looking fab:






garden design - greencube
hardscapes - Oakleigh Manor
planting - greencube
maintenance - greencube


August 2017


Here one of our completed gardens in Sevenoaks with knapped flint and herbaceous borders photographed in its first summer.



garden designed by greencube
hard landscaping - langdale landscapes
planting - greencube



October 2017


Another front garden in Sevenoaks completed in October, I personally laid every log into the log store.

Great team effort for a very bespoke finish on this one...

Corten raised planters, corten log store, resin bound drive and granite paving






garden design - greencube
hardscapes - Langdale Landscapes
project monitored - greencube
planting - greencube
maintenance - greencube

October 2017

We also completed a lovely garden in Greenwich for a busy family.

I was very excited about this photoshoot !

Here we installed an outdoor kitchen made by WWOO.





and vertical green walls - Living Art






garden designed by greencube
garden hard landscapes LDP
garden planted by greencube
garden maintained by greencube


We entered a couple of our gardens into the SGD awards - but unfortunately we didn't get a sniff this year, maybe next year. We are always striving for the best and are excited about every garden we work on.


garden design - greencube
hardscapes - sam at SJB Landscaping Fakenham
planting - greencube
maintenance - greencube


November 2017


We were featured in Pro landscaper magazine.


And in November I needed a break - my husband took me to New Zealand - my 50th birthday holiday treat and it was GREAT..... I have been looking forward to this trip all year and feeling a little exhausted from work commitments, it came just in time.. Its important to get away, see stuff and gain new perspectives on life, work and what matters.

some serious trekking,  climbing mountains and having fun....










Now we are back onto designing special gardens including this one in Sevenoaks.


We are completing some wonderful gardens for 2018 including this one in Westerham, working closely with our wonderful steel fabricator Darrin and Landscape team - Langdale Landscapes, I'm very excited about this one developing and maturing:





















A BIG THANKYOU to everyone involved in our wonderful creations throughout 2017, Happy New Year and here's to a successful 2018.
Remember - Life begins the day you start a garden