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Flood garden now complete

We have enjoyed very much working with our lovely clients on a garden for a flood plain. The existing space around the house was flat and uninteresting and needed some depth and maturity of planting to get around the feeling of a padi flied. The new build house needed some softening, and there was a need for some raised level parking to allow access to the house over a walkway when flooded as it floods up to 1m in depth. The brick structure around the treatment plant (see below) was also a complete eyesore that needed screening, as did the neighbour’s sheds.

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Check out our wonderful HUGE mulberries…


And the new “breeze House” on top of the treatment plant


Its a lovely garden- very proud of everyone and grateful to our clients for letting us create something so unusual.


Lovely garden to show off!

I am delighted to show some images (kindly taken for us on a better day than today by the lovely Judith) of a recent collaboration in Buckinghamshire. Our client asked us to design a warm and attractive setting for their home in Chalfont Heights that was undergoing some major renovations. Our friend Waseem Malik of GA Constructions has completed an incredible makeover of the house, and then moved into the garden to build the design that we created with our clients. With some amazing bespoke garden buildings, a delightful central brick “petal parterre” and lawns and paths to lead you into the garden this completes a thorough transformation, making great use of the surrounding woodland and some existing mature trees.








With a simple frontage and driveway to work with an upgraded garage we just needed some structure for the front. We found some lovely standard ilex trees and planted them last week.



Congratulations to all involved, not least our clients who have planted the garden themselves really beautifully- it is not only a stunning garden but has been a lovely journey and the results speak for themselves.

Not as bad as we feared!

The remaining plants are now back at the office having arrived in 2 large van loads yesterday. Whilst there are some gaps, the situation is not as bad as we feared- we have all the main signature plants, the astilbes, hostas, angelicas and cenolophiums are all here and our lovely primulas, astrantias and lamiums are all safe. We still have the much admired persicarias and hosta praying hands. Somebody has clearly taken some, but not cleaned us out. As you can see from the photos below- what has come back looks good and we will be happy to sell on to personal visitors to the office. Do call first to make sure we are free to show you the stock.



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.

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!

Classic country house

I was recently asked to revisit one of our old friends and clients in Hurley. The landscaping has now had a chance to settle and the new build house ( completed a year or so ago) is already beginning to settle into the fantastic countryside. The brief was for elegance and simplicity, to incorporate a large koi pond and provide appropriate access and screening to the house without closing off the views. We think this has been very successful.






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!


Deliveries safely in

A long day but all 3 artics arrived, were offloaded safely and have gone again


This was the first one- the Corylus for Hampton Court- they are being stored at our client site in Wentworth.

The second lorry was the really big trees- 5 box head tilias (lime). They really are comically large and took enormous skill from the Ruskins team to get them moved.



The third truck was crammed with treasures..


Large carpinus columns, magnificent acers, magnolias, liquidambar, hamamelis and a gingko all were moved into the site ready to start planting tomorrow



February already?

This week has seen us start a new project in Penn, a new house build is underway and we have started work on the back garden. At the moment we have just been removing a mountain of muck to get us to the blank canvas we require before the magic begins.

As you can see its just an empty site ready for the main work to commence. the first tasks are putting in a soak away, drainage and the irrigation tank and pipe runs. Once that’s done we can start with the hard landscaping which will consist of a patio next to the house, a house which is yet to be constructed. Then an upper, middle and lower lawn with a sweeping path between two of the levels that is intersected buy some steps which provide a choice on how to walk between the lawns. Lots of lush planting will surround the lawn areas and will mark the divide between the first two levels. With the bottom most part being a less formal lawn area so there is somewhere the children can play without causing any damage.

Once the house has been built we will go to the front and turn it into a driveway that also houses the bin and bike stores with more planting and trees which will soften the look.

Elsewhere we have started to work on a very nice plot at Wentworth golf course. Mainly still in design but the tree surgeons have been set loose to prepare for a very exciting piece of landscaping work. There is so much more going on at the moment but I don’t have the time to tell you.

The future is looking very bright.