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Matt Nichol Garden Design Cheshire
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Looking forward to going back to see this project when it is all planted up and looking fantastic.  The guys at Jacques Landscapes did a great job of laying the granite setts with precision and care.  Good job all round!
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Marton-Cheshire-2015
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Recently completed the reinvention of a roof terrace in Chester.  Composite decking and black slate paving have been used to create two areas for seating, sofa and coffee table at the far end (furniture to follow in the spring) and a round table and six chairs for the area in the foreground.  Inset lighting, spike lighting within the planters and new wall lights will extend the usefulness of the space well into the evening.  Irrigation is hidden within the planters.

Planting has been selected for robustness in this sunny but sheltered space.  Drifts of Stipa tennuissima are mixed with Geum, Artemisia 'Powis Castle', Lavandula 'Hidcote',  Armeria, Alliums and a Ficus 'Brown Turkey'.  The Large shrubs Osmanthus aquifolium,  will be further undercut as they grow to expose the structural nature of the stems.
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The open grass area of this large family garden had some been largely left to lawn for many years and whilst it had a back drop of mature shrub borders there was no reason to really go up the garden across the wet grass.  What the garden needed was a journey and more importantly a destination.

We were commissioned to undertake an initial feasibility study to site the building to best effect and to explore how best to ground the building into the surrounding existing planting.  It soon became apparent that we had an opportunity to create something very special and the client was open to exploring planting styles that would create a definite feel to the area but one which would also blend into the existing planting.

I think the result speak for themselves and we are delighted with the finished garden.  As part of our ongoing 'stewardship' of the graden we are undertaking some autumn planting to replace rabbit damage and also introducing some bulb planting too.
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Summer House Retreat
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Designed by me in 2012 on behalf of Isola Garden Design in Leamington Spa, this fantastic new garden, high on the side of a Cotswold hill has been created by completely re-inventing an existing garden.  The retaining walls have been altered and new pathways created.  Multiple seating areas for different occasions and times of the day facilitate the primary function of relaxation.  

The old stone pig pen has been converted into a wonderful late evening sun trap and place to escape the midday sun!  What a fantastic place to sit, relax and entertain! 
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Finished Projects
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Going through some photos and thought I'd share a few finished jobs.
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Finished Projects
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Undertaking the renovation of a lovely Wisteria on the front if a wonderful building. Sun is just about to come out and it's Friday!
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Planning my garden visits to some of the gardens I have designed over the last few years.  This is one of my favourites I photographed last year.
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How to go Formal
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Fancy pottering in your garden in the last traces of the Indian summer? Take inspiration from Arley Hall, Cheshire, and plant tulips now for a sensational display next spring.  Take a look at J Parker Dutch Bulbs for a treasure trove of inspiration http://www.jparkers.co.uk
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Took a photo of some of the best 'black' paving available on the market at the moment.  This Basalt has a flamed finish giving it great non-slip properties and a fantastic contemporary look.  

Available in a range of widths with a random length it is the perfect paving for a modern scheme and looks great in the dry too!  The dark black pointing and the 5mm joint that this has been laid with give a sophisticated finish and  requires a good deal of skill to lay with such fine tolerances. 

Call the office or drop me an e-mail, if you would like more detail on this product or alternatives for your project.
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I should really keep count of the number of designs I have done this year!

This is the most recent really, really, really, simple treatment of a small courtyard space with a limited budget.  We are relaying the existing paving, adding some exciting planting and creating some focal points.   The client will have a low maintenance space to relax in, at a fraction of what they thought it would cost.  

DESIGN FEATURE: The keyfeature here is the angle of the paving, putting the seating area in maximum sun whilst at the same time creating a series of triangular beds.  These act as to draw the eye and unlike a long thin bed along a fence, they allow bigger, taller plants to be placed on boundary edges, thus breaking up the fence line more effectively.

Many thanks to S P Lee and Co. builders (http://www.spleeandco-stockport.co.uk)  and David Hadley (http://www.creativegardensanddriveways.co.uk) for their recommendations to the client.  All being well the garden will be built later this month by David and his team.

It just goes to show that good design doesn't have to cost the earth and even without the ' whistles and bells' this garden will make a big difference to the client's experience of the space.

Finished pictures later this month!
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