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Hard landscaping


Hard landscaping, by which I mean everything except for the plants and earth, is a fundamental ingredient in the design of your garden.  Hard landscape materials give a sense of permanence, structure and personality that hold a garden together.  Hard landscaping connects all the elements in a garden by linking the planting and working areas to make a satisfying space in which to enjoy your garden.

Your garden should be used and enjoyed and needs to be designed taking into account both the opportunities and constraints of a particular site combined with your needs and wishes.  This approach treats the garden as an ‘outside room’.  The ‘outside room’ is somewhere to sit and relax, to entertain and to play, somewhere, which can also be decorated and furnished, just like any other room. 

Gardens also offer the potential to create your own world.  This is another way in which the garden is more than ‘just another room’.  The possibilities for developing outside spaces are exciting: lighting, sound and heating, living walls and water features are just some recent ideas which are encouraging our clients to realize the potential of their gardens. More than any room in your house, your outdoor room will allow you to express yourself and to create something special. 

The recent ignition of interest and demand for better gardens has allowed me to respond with increasingly inventive and unusual structures, and more innovative use of materials.  The potential for construction and effects is almost endless.  All of this means that your garden can be a truly inviting environment that can be molded to your individual tastes and needs, whether a minimalist, calming space, a Moroccan courtyard, an Italianate heaven or a jungle.  This is what will set your garden apart.

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