Stevenage garden design

This was a big project undertaken in Autumn 2016 for clients who had recently bought a new-build in Stevenage and were ready to take on the garden. Which was simply laid to lawn by the builders. My clients wanted an expanse of patio and really liked the idea of a raised timber decking area set off with a beautiful feature tree planted beneath and coming up through the deck.

One year after installation the planting and the garden have really developed very well with all the plants stock settling in and putting on good growth.

I designed two gardens within this plot each with its own unique style with planting to really bring the hard landscaping and furniture within each area to life. A strong colour-palette was preferred by my clients for the garden boundary, and the planting is both dynamic and enhancing for each of the two very distinct garden styles.

The cottage garden has several beautiful small form garden trees for interest across the seasons, pleasing to pollinators and people alike. I also included some flowering evergreens in the planting plan for some strategic privacy planting, as well as some cottage garden classics.


Plants list:

Daucus carota ‘Dara’ (Ornamental Carrot)
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Beaujolais’
Papaver rhoeas (Common Red Poppy)
Crocus vernus ‘Pickwick’
Ixia ‘Spotlight’ (technically a Corm) also known as a Corn Lily
Anemone coronaria ‘Bordeaux’ (also a Corm)
Hyacinthoides non-scripta (native Bluebell)
Clematis ‘Bill MacKenzie’
Clematis alpina ‘Frances Rivis’
Clematis armandii

Ceanothus impressus ‘Puget Blue’
Erysimum ‘Bowles’ Mauve’
Euphorbia characias subsp. characias ‘Burrow Silver’

Herbaceous perennials
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Crimson Butterflies’
Geranium cinereum ‘Ballerina’
Imperata cylindrica ‘Red Baron


Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’
Prunus serrula (Tibetan Cherry)
Sorbus aucuparia ‘Chinese Lace’
Rosa ‘Mitsouko’
Rosa ‘Nostalgia’
Rosa ‘Mortimer Sackler