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Problem Gardens

Examples of Problem Gardens

Narrow Side Garden

This dark, shady slice of garden was a well-worn route connecting the front and rear garden. The grass was muddy and patchy for most of the year. Our solution was to remove the grass and replace it with an attractive path which ran under a bespoke green oak and brick pergola. Deep planted beds were created either side and climbers put in to cover the pergola.


This is a problem that almost everyone we visit has in some form or another. A neighbouring window that overlooks you or an eyesore can spoil or inhibit the use of your garden. This client had a horrible view of a mobile home and other parked vehicles. By strategically positioning these bespoke glass screens, the vehicles were screened and replaced by a beautiful piece of art.

Small Sloping Garden

This garden was a real challenge. Over-mature trees had been removed along the boundary leaving huge stumps. The gradient of the slope was very steep and we had to work with the existing lower patio.

Steeply Sloping Garden

This garden had heavy clay soil which had rotted the log poles originally put in to retain the various levels. We replaced the log poles with sandstone walling, steps and paving and planted the terraces with suitable shrubs and perennials.

Unusable Space

This new build had a large side area of garden, laid to lawn but sloping and bumpy. Our clients wanted a low maintenance solution that would create an area to sit, as it got the late afternoon sun, easy access, and planting to soften the fence line.

Vegetable Garden

This sloping garden was to be the site of a large Alitex greenhouse with cold frames and adjacent vegetable beds. A flat area first needed to be created for the greenhouse, with ramps for the wheelbarrow, terracing and wide steps leading down from the lawn.