Rustic Garden Design In Shirvenham, Oxfordshire

Rustic Garden Design, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire

Rustic Garden Design Testimonial – ‘After having various ideas swirling around my head I contacted Jill who, with her expertise, was able to do a cohesive plan for my garden and fit in all the things I wanted.

She was very patient and knowledgeable about design and planting and it was great fun to sit with her and go through everything.

After the plan was finalised Steve and his team came to do the build, they were reliable and hard working, and a pleasure to have around.

I always get a “wow” when people see the garden, and I could not be happier.  I would thoroughly recommend Jill if you want a fantastic garden transformation!’

Teresa Crossen

As an avid gardener the client asked for a garden that was rustic, cottage style with a natural, wild feel that would be  a haven for wildlife.  Also a vegetable garden was added to the wish list.  Natural sandstone with varied colour and texture was used along with gravel areas and natural boulders to give a blended, relaxed, informal unity to the garden.  A roofed rustic garden shelter was constructed using green oak to give the client an informal seating area by the pond.   Rusty metal arches were added to provide focal points and accentuate views adding to the rustic feel.

In particular the existing pond was home to newts so the construction of the new pond would need to fit with the newts breeding  patterns.   The old pond was deconstructed once the newts had migrated and the new pond constructed in time for their return.  The newts embraced their new home and continue to live happily along with lots of other pond life.

The planting was a mix of perennials and grasses to give a cottagey, wild feel to the borders with a mix of evergreen and deciduous shrubs for structure.  A hedge surrounded the garden to allow ground dwelling wildlife to leave and enter  to benefit from the pond and insect life attracted by the plants.

Garden Design, Down Ampney, The Cotswolds

Garden Design Down Ampney – The client’s wanted to develop their front garden as a informal, relaxed area to sit with some privacy from passing pedestrians.  The front garden was a hot, sunny spot  which the clients wanted to enjoy in their leisure time.  Paths were needed to access the front door and the side gate.  The garden was designed with curvlinear shapes to give a soft, relaxed feel and good access without being too formal.  the shapes allowed plenty of space for layers of planting to provide the required screening.  Textured Cotswold colour paving was chosen to blend with the Cotswold style house with flint gravel to give textural contrast.  The buffy colours bring unity to the space giving a light soft feel.  The planting style was a mix of shrubs, perennials and grasses with a vibrant colour pallette helping to liven up the space.  The Cotswold stone provides a light colour backdrop and enhances the colours and textures of the plants.  Some larger shrubs were left on the garden boundaries to maintain some privacy from the neighbours and pedestrians.   Obelisks were added in the central curved border for climbers to add to the screening effect.  Garden Design Down Ampney, Gloucestershire.

Traditional Garden Design Oxfordshire

Garden Design Faringdon testimonial – When we moved into our Faringdon house our garden appeared to have been neglected for over a decade. Jill and her team transformed it rapidly into a very special space.

We brought with us several items of garden statuary which Jill integrated exceptionally well and included the creation of a Japanese  section.

 Her selection of planting not only gives us throughout year interest but panders to our love of special plants especialy roses.. We had a large collection of hostas and acers which we brought with us and Jill also skillfully and seamlessly integrated these into her designs. Altogether a great outcome about which we are very pleased indeed. We highly recommend her and her team.

Peter Lawson-Smith OBE and Mrs Evelyn Lawson-Smith

Garden Design Faringdon, Oxfordshire

As avid gardeners the clients wanted a traditional garden style with an abundance of planting.  We removed a large pond by the house and made a raised patio area from which the garden could be viewed.   Buff natural sandstone was used to blend with the house.  the clients had downsized their outside space and wanted a design the accommodated their collection of statuary and also their love of Japanese sculpture and planting.  The main area was designed in traditional country style where traditional English statues could be placed.  Raised beds in front of the patio with adjoining borders were packed with a variety of shrubs and perennials in traditional country style.   A path led to a large lawn area  surrounded by lush borders with a central focal point.  A path led to a smaller area where the Japanese influence could be diplayed with a circular patio over which a Dragon Pergola was placed.  The client’s collection of Japanese acers and statuary surrounded the seating area.

Traditional Garden Design Broome Manor, Swindon, Wiltshire

Testimonial

Having tried a number of Garden Designers I was finally delighted to come across Jill Blackwood.  Jill Blackwood demonstrated an understanding of what is required to provide a well balanced garden with a blend of landscaping and beautiful plants throughout the year.  My wife and I are delighted with the finished work.  This took four weeks which was quite impressive in view of the amount of work required.  We can now sit and enjoy the garden from the numerous relaxing points available to us.  BBC television viewed the garden and were most impressed.  We have no hesitation in recommending Jill and her staff as and when required for further work.  Brian & Ann Price

Small Town Garden Design Marlborough, Wiltshire

Small Garden Design Marlborough by Jill Blackwood

Small Garden Design Marlborough – The client requested a design that encompassed her front and back gardens bringing an overall unity to the space around her house.  The rear garden was designed with a circular theme.  In the middle there was a circular lawn around which a gravel path led to seating areas allowing the garden to be enjoyed wherever the sun was in the day.  A small patio surrounded by raised planters gave a spot for a small table and chairs and the arbour seat made a lovely sheltered spot to sit and read.  An tiny area at the side of the house was the ideal spot for a circular patio over which a pergola sat planted with climbing plants.  A path along the house led to the front where a central circular plant bed formed an attractive focal point.  This was surrounded by traditional country style Viennese planters containing buxus balls.  A low wall and borders on two sides gave a sense of enclosure to the front garden.  Buff coloured sandstone was used throughout to bring unity to the gardens and to contrast with the brick on the house.  The planting mixed a variety of textures for interest and pastel flowers for a calming, relaxing feel.

Small Garden Design

Country Garden Design Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Garden Design Faringdon, Oxfordshire, by Jill Blackwood

Garden design Faringdon Oxfordshire – The clients wanted a country style garden design that included a good size patio area for entertaining.  The client had inherited four statues representing spring, summer, autumn and winter and these were placed around a circular path which led from the patio to a large lawn area.  The central focal point was a bird bath water feature that matched the colour tone of the statues and gave the space the soothing and cooling sound of flowing water.  To one side a summerhouse was placed to give a sheltered seating spot to sit and enjoy the garden quietly.  Borders surrounded the circle planted with a mix of perennials and shrubs to soften the hard landscaping and enhance the country feel.  Raised planters flanking the main patio along with the existing tree added height in the planting.  A low fence and native country hedge was added on the boundary to the adjoining field to allow the wonderful view to be kept whilst also giving a feeling of enclosure to the space.  The purple and blues of the flowers blended with the natural slate chippings and both added a contrast with the buff paving and the Cotswold stone of the surrounding buildings.

 

Country Garden Design Purton, Swindon, Wiltshire – Stage 3

Testimonial – Country Garden Design

We would like to say how delighted we are with the transformation of our garden which you and your team have achieved over the last six months. We started with a blank canvas in a lovely location, and your design closely followed our brief for a natural country garden blending in with the rural surroundings. The result has exceeded our expectations, and we are now enjoying being in our garden and watching it slowly grow and bloom into the spring. Your landscaping team were highly competent, friendly and helpful, adapting the design to overcome problems posed by the site – and they braved the foulest of weather to get the job completed on schedule. We are particularly pleased with Wayne’s water feature which interprets your natural stream design perfectly. We would heartily recommend you to anyone wanting a lovely garden, but not knowing where to start. We are even planning to open our garden centre this summer, joining other local gardens in a local charity scheme, as being next to as popular country walking route, people from the village regularly pass by and complement our garden, and we are sure they would like a closer look!Thanks once again to you and Rob, Steve and Wayne for a great job.  Country Garden Design 

Garden Design Swindon, Wiltshire – Stage 2

Garden Design Swindon, Wiltshire – Testimonial

Garden Design Swindon Wiltshire – We would like to say how delighted we are with the transformation of our garden which you and your team have achieved over the last six months. We started with a blank canvas in a lovely location, and your design closely followed our brief for a natural country garden blending in with the rural surroundings. The result has exceeded our expectations, and we are now enjoying being in our garden and watching it slowly grow and bloom into the spring. Your landscaping team were highly competent, friendly and helpful, adapting the design to overcome problems posed by the site – and they braved the foulest of weather to get the job completed on schedule. We are particularly pleased with Wayne’s water feature which interprets your natural stream design perfectly. We would heartily recommend you to anyone wanting a lovely garden, but not knowing where to start. We are even planning to open our garden centre this summer, joining other local gardens in a local charity scheme, as being next to as popular country walking route, people from the village regularly pass by and complement our garden, and we are sure they would like a closer look!Thanks once again to you and Rob, Steve and Wayne for a great job.

Water Feature Swindon, Cirencester, Marlborough, Fairford, Faringdon

Country Garden Design Swindon, Wiltshire – Stage 1

Country Garden Design Swindon, Wiltshire

Testimonial

Country Garden Design Swindon Wiltshire – We would like to say how delighted we are with the transformation of our garden which you and your team have achieved over the last six months. We started with a blank canvas in a lovely location, and your design closely followed our brief for a natural country garden blending in with the rural surroundings. The result has exceeded our expectations, and we are now enjoying being in our garden and watching it slowly grow and bloom into the spring. Your landscaping team were highly competent, friendly and helpful, adapting the design to overcome problems posed by the site – and they braved the foulest of weather to get the job completed on schedule. We are particularly pleased with Wayne’s water feature which interprets your natural stream design perfectly. We would heartily recommend you to anyone wanting a lovely garden, but not knowing where to start. We are even planning to open our garden this summer, joining other local gardens in a local charity scheme, as being next to as popular country walking route, people from the village regularly pass by and complement our garden, and we are sure they would like a closer look!Thanks once again to you and Rob, Steve and Wayne for a great job. 

Wildlife Garden Design Shrivenham, Oxfordshire

Wildlife Garden Design

The client wanted wildlife garden design that included a natural meandering stream.  The stream was constructed using Glacial boulders shipped in from Scotland.  Glacial boulders have a smooth finish and Scottish pebbles and cobbles were added.  The stream was nestled in a wildflower meadow.  Ray sent me photos of the meadows progress through the seasons from small fresh green growth into a fully flowering meadow buzzing with insects.  Around the meadow naturalistic planting gave additional interest and native trees added to the natural feel.  A step stone path meandered through the meadow and a rustic bench was placed to view the garden and the visiting wildlife.     

Jill, I am very pleased with the total transformation of what was a mud patch full of weeds into something of beauty.  The team have worked hard to create a wonderful space.  It is now pretty much what I had in my mind when we first discussed the project but the reality is more pleasing than I anticipated.  I am now looking forward to seeing the planting when it has had time to establish and develop.  It is already a place of joy and relaxation instead of the headache it was before.  I promise I will look after it and may contact you in the future for some advice.

Best regards Ray