Surrey garden design

A garden I designed for a large Surrey house is nearing completion; here are some photos I took there last week (starting with a ‘before’!)


The house as you can see was lovely but in need of modernisation and this view, above, was taken from the entrance of the drive – so there was no presence to the front door, and everyone went round the back!

The new design has re-aligned the drive from the gate so that the front door is now very much the focus of arrival, with a narrower continuation of the drive to the rear (the existing garage doors have still to be renewed!)

Seen from the other side, the new entrance area features beautiful brick detailing and you can see how the drive sweeps in from the gates.  Formal planting around this area (which I couldn’t photograph this time as the vans were in the way!) gives structure around the remaining two sides, with lollipop Portuguese laurel trees underplanted with lovely textural planting in shades of green and white.

Looking from the other side, you can see how the front entrance is now enclosed from the more private and domestic areas of the garden – the pergola you can see in the photo is part of the swimming pool terrace which you can see below.

The brick path that started near the front door wraps around the house, enlarging into terraces and then narrowing to take you through to another space.  Here you can see it from the rear garden leading back to the pool terrace.

This in turn leads to a crazy paved path to the main terrace that will overflow with grasses when they get bigger, and sparkly lights inset into the path create a magical evening glow.  A gate is due to be put by the new yew hedge to enclose the main garden area from the pool garden.

This main terrace now extends from the kitchen to create a large entertaining space that flows seamlessly from inside to out,

while a new wall separates the main terrace from the garage block.


Large blocks of yew accentuate the curve of the main garden area, giving instant structure to the space,

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and keep the focus away from the tennis court – additional Portuguese laurel hedging backing the yew, and hornbeam hedging near the tennis court will create even more enclosure as they grow.

The planting has been designed to be varied and interesting in all seasons and I was lucky that it was such a glorious day when I visited!

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It’s hard to believe now but the site is actually a really awkward triangular shape which had previously been dominated by the tennis court and the garage.  Now there is flow between the spaces and the best features of the site have been accentuated.