Category Archives: contemporary gardens

Contemporary garden studio

We have recently finished this lovely garden for a client in nearby Penn


With a contemporary deck, fire bowl and built in seating this is a really stylish treatment of what was a very plain garden. We are really excited about how it looks- particularly in the evenings when the cosy inside-outside space is shown to its best

We are grateful to Laura for letting us loose on her gardens!



More lovely plant pictures from Philip Simmonds

Philip has just sent a few more photos from his Chelsea garden:

Below is the wonderful Ligusticum lucidum – a feathery fennel like leaf shape, with Hosta ‘fire and ice’ behind and the lovely grass Luzula nivaea on the right

Below is a similar combination, this time with the delightful Verbascum ‘Merlin’ the dusky pink central plant with Hosta ‘fire and ice’ behind. The taller red stems of the Angelica Archangelica are visible in the background and the floaty white flower of Luzula nivaea again. The Hosta to the front right is Hosta Devon Green, and the slim floaty grass is Festuca amethystina.

Below, against the wonderful colour of Philips’ stunning piece, is Veronica gentianoides on the left, with Luzula nivaea on the right. You can also see a close up of the wonderful sawn stone which tones so beautifully with the ceramics.

Below you can see the tall shapes of the elegant Angelica archangelica, underplanted with Hosta Devon Green, Luzula and Iris sibirica

It’s a gold!

We are delighted to say that we were awarded a gold medal for our RHS Hampton Court flower show garden. Even better, we were also awarded the best in class medal for the best Summer Garden. This in the most competitive category in the show-we could not be more pleased. My personal thanks to every single member of the extended Cool Gardens team, contractors, suppliers and clients. Alex our photographer was with us yesterday for press day and a few of his images are below.







RHS Hampton court garden- sneaky preview…

Well we have finally finished- all bar the last cleaning and final primping. Fantastic work by the whole team both in the office and at the show- it looks amazing. Check out the BBC coverage Monday evening as they were filming this morning on the garden.





We have Alex our photographer coming tomorrow so we will get some better photos, and hopefully after the judging tomorrow we will all have a bit more time. If you like the garden do please go and vote for it on the RHS website click here

Looking forward to some sleep at some point- many thanks to all our wonderful suppliers and patient clients.

Moving the trees in at Hampton Court

I wasn’t able to be there today so spent the entire day bugging the team for photos….the ones below are the trees coming in and being moved into place- all very exciting.





Now on site at Hampton Court

The team started on site and Hampton Court Yesterday. So far all has gone well- the rear wall frame is up and the trees were brought in today by Ruskins. As ever our huge thanks to them for their care and good humour.


The trees are in place and the frame for the sunken garden too.

The metal work is due to arrive tomorrow when the fun really begins.

Watch this space!

Chelsea build

Phil is helping out at Chelsea on the Daily Telegraph garden. Some of our regular build teams have also been there to work with him, James and Lee both came up trumps when some additional skilled help was needed and have made themselves invaluable. The rest of us miss the exiles but we are delighted to be involved in such prestigious projects.


I hope to see the finished garden (and our teams back) next week!


Stylish contemporary courtyard

We are delighted to have just finished this contemporary courtyard. The space was previously a completely wasted “side return” by the kitchen, but is now an amazing dining/seating and entertaining space.