Modern/Contemporary Small Garden, Swindon, Wiltshire

Contemporary Small Garden Design In Swindon, Wiltshire By Jill Blackwood Garden Design

Took all my random ideas and made sense of them. Garden turned out much better than my high expectations. I now have a wonderful outdoor space. Thank you Jill and the team, with a special, thanks to Steve. Tracey Powell Contemporary small garden design.

Tracey required a low maintenance modern/contemporary garden to relax and entertain friends.  The design uses dark natural slate paving with rich hardwood contemporary trellis and decking to provide some interesting contrast and give a modern contemporary feel to the space.  The off white painted walls  and the stainless steel helped to lighten the feel of the garden.   The trellis provided a feeling of enclosure and privacy and was staggered at the top of the garden to disguise the shared access and give space to hide a small garden shed for storage.   The trellis also added to the modern look.  The corner sofa and coffee table provide ample room to relax and enjoy the garden.  The planting is low maintenance with a mix of blues and purples to give interest all year round.  The planting, once mature, will help to soften the the hard landscaping.  A contemporary steel water feature provided the relaxing sound of flowing water to the space.

Garden Design Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Garden Design Cirencester, Gloucestershire By Jill Blackwood Garden Design.

Delighted with Jill’s design for our garden. Listened to our input and delivered a stunning design which the builders turned into a quality piece of work.  David Wallis

Mr and Mrs Wallis required a modern/contemporary courtyard garden design that would provide them with a garden they could relax in and enjoy, with a feeling of enclosure and calm.  The design uses smooth natural sandstone to blend with the client’s Cotswold stone house.  The tones of golden flint gravel to provide texture and a subtle contrast.   The raised planters were smooth rendered and painted a light cream shade to blend with the lighter tones in the sandstone paving and flint gravel.  The colours of the landscaping materials were chosen to bring a feeling of unity and calmness to the space.  A mix of evergreen plants such as Phormium, Palms, Fatzia and Heuchera provide colour, texture and structure all year round and add a touch of the Mediterranean.  Grasses were added for additional texture giving a softer feel to the planting.  Perennials like Hellebore, Salvia and Geraniums were chosen to add warmth and a touch of colour and interest in different seasons, particularly through the summer months.  Garden Design Cirencester, Gloucestershire.

Modern Garden Design Old Town, Swindon, Wiltshire

Modern Garden Design Swindon, Wiltshire

The clients were a young couple who wanted a modern garden design for their courtyard garden that reflected their contemporary tastes, their modern home and provided a private, enclosed space for entertaining family and friends,  The garden was surrounded with contemporary slatted trellis stained in a rich, warm colour to provide privacy and and enclosed comforting feel to the space.  The paving used was a light grey porcelain laid in a simple pattern to give a hard wearing modern feel to the garden.  Raised beds painted a warm cream and topped with grey coping provided low maintenance planters filled with colourful planting to provide interest throughout the seasons.  Space was provided for a relaxing lounge area with a corner sofa, a cooking area for barbeques and also for a large dinning table.  The spaces were defined with raised beds and planting whilst allowing easy movement between each area.

Jill designed our back garden, which was on the small side and needed a clever design to make it look bigger. Jill did an absolutely amazing job of the design, using lots of creative design ideas to make the most of the space. She made it look huge!! Jill came up with ideas that we would never have considered and is really inspiring in the way they she approaches the design. Everyone that visits us can’t believe that it’s the same space. It was such a huge transformation and would never have been possible without her. I can’t recommend Jill enough… we have her back to design the front garden next as we are so pleased!  Lisa Clapham – Modern Garden Design Swindon, Wiltshire


Modern Garden Design Wroughton, Swindon, Wiltshire

Modern Garden Design

The clients wanted a contemporary or modern garden design with low maintenance planting.  We chose light grey sandstone paving with off white rendered walling to bring a contemporary, modern and fresh look to the space.  Height and screening was added with the arch and small tree to add some privacy.  A simple step stone path led through the lawn to a decked area behind the garage, making good use of an awkward space. The planting was architectural with plenty of colour in the leaves for interest all year long.  The relaxing sound of water was added with a simple slate monolith water feature.

Modern Garden Design testimonial – Emma and I would like to formally thank you for the excellent garden you have designed, built, and finessed for us. The design process was exceptionally thorough and you listened carefully to our likes and dislikes, making sure that the final design incorporated both the lifestyle and visual components we were looking for. In terms of the build, Steve and Wayne were excellent! Not only are [they] genuine and friendly individuals, but the standard of workmanship has been first class. Please pass on our thanks to both of them. Finally seeing the whole garden coming together with the planting, turf and water feature was a joy. Emma and I are both astounded by the transformation of both our front and back gardens in only four weeks. Everyone we have had visit has commented on just how good the garden looks and we have already started to sit outside to enjoy out Sunday morning newspapers. Not something we did when we just had boring old turf! So thank you again and if you ever need anyone to be a reference for high standard of yours, Steve’s or Wayne’s work then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contemporary Garden Design By Jill Blackwood – RHS Medal

Modern/Contemporary Garden Design Swindon, Wiltshire By Jill Blackwood


Modern/Contemporary Garden Design By Jill Blackwood in the Bramptons, Swindon, Wiltshire

Hi Jill,

We would like to thank you for our wonderful garden makeover – we are delighted with the results and look forward to spending time in lovely contemporary settings.  Would recommend your services to anyone without hesitation. 

Thank you Jill.  Jo & Paul

Jo and Paul wanted a garden that had a modern/contemporary garden design with straight lines softened with abundant, lush planting.  The garden was a difficult shape and needed careful planning to ensure unity and balance throughout the space.   Repetition was used to help achieve this in terms of the materials used, the shapes and the planting colour and style.  The design used smooth sawn cream sandstone throughout the space.  Dark brick edgings and grey slate provided some contrast and definition.  A contemporary mirrored pyramid water feature is the centre piece of the garden providing a focal point that can be viewed from all areas of the garden and a central axis for the pathways to the rest of the garden.    A pathway leads through abundant planting to the centre of the garden and a curved, pergola walkway leads to the top of the garden with a statue providing an additional focal point.  A step stone pathway leads to the main patio area where a relaxed seating area awaits.   The planting is a mix of architectural evergreens, grasses and colourful perennials to soften and enhance the garden and to ensure interest at any time of year.  This illustrates the importance of considered planting design in any garden style.   For a modern/contemporary garden where hard landscaping can dominate it vital to consider how to balance the space using plants from the very start of the design process, helping to ensure the planting and hard landscaping compliment each other.

Contemporary Garden Design In Swindon, Wiltshire

 Contemporary Garden Design

The client’s wanted a modern or contemporary garden design that reflected their tastes.  A new extension had been added the the house with bi-fold doors leading to the garden.  I designed the garden to blend with the clients modern kitchen/family room.  Natural slate paving and coping with off white rendered walling gave the space a contemporary feel.  Glass and stainless steel screens surrounded the upper patio  for safety and to add to the modern feel.  The garden was a huge slope and needed terracing to ensure each level was a usable space.  Curved steps gave access to the lower patio.  The water feature started with a slate stacked monolith on the top level and the water flowed down through an outlet to a water feature on the the lower patio adding the relaxing sound of water to the space.

Contemporary Garden Design testimonial –  Just looked at your web and thought i’d let you know our garden looks fab. The plants have now really grown (with the help of all the rain) just a shame that some have now passed over, I just loved those Japanese poppies but there are still some about to flower. The palms, grasses and the Cedrus are all doing well and this morning the Hibiscus has 2 flowers on. Thanks to you and Rob for a fantastic job.

Contemporary Garden Design Swindon, Wiltshire

Contemporary Garden Design Swindon, Wiltshire

Contemporary Garden Design Swindon, Wiltshire –  The client was keen to have a contemporary/modern garden design that reflected their modern outlook.  They also required a large socialising area for gatherings with friends and family. 

Natural silver grey granite was used throughout the space to unify the garden.  White painted walling on the raised planters and dark grey granite setts were used to provide a little contrast.  A large bespoke, summerhouse provided a focal point at the top of the garden. 

The main patio and lawn areas was flanked by vibrant planting with reds, yellows and oranges in both flowers and foliage, the addition of green foliage and blue and purple flowers provided a colour contrast that enhanced the colours of each plant.  The planting in the main garden was designed to give an uplifting, social feel to the space.  Structure in the planting was provided with topiary, grasses and Phormium’s ensuring the colours lasted all year long. 

The smaller seating area uses the same silver grey granite and white painted walls but was surrounded by a more subdued plant colour palette.  Similar shaped structural plants with the continuation of the yellows and blues and the addition of white helps to unify the planting shapes and colours throughout the garden, whilst providing a more relaxing feel to this area of the garden.       


‘We appointed Jill to provide a full landscaping design and implementation over last Winter 2015. The results post Spring 2016 have been amazing and our garden is now in full bloom for the enjoyment of all.  The project was huge, over 1/2 acre and from start to finish, from detailed design to installation, Jill and her Team were highly professional and efficient. Furthermore, the resulting design and planting has been thoroughly enjoyed and highly praised by all our house guests! I would not hesitate in recommending Jill and her Team to anyone taking on a similar project.  Many thanks to Jill and the Team.’ 

Contemporary Garden Design Swindon Wiltshire

Garden Design Purton, Wiltshire

 Garden Design Purton, Swindon, Wiltshire

The client’s wanted a modern garden design that fitted with a country setting.  They wanted plenty of colour and interest in the garden all year long so they could relax and enjoy their garden.  I visited the garden again nearly a decade later and it looked stunning.  The client’s had taken great care of the garden ensuring it continued to look good with plenty of interest. Garden Design Purton, Swindon, Wiltshire

Testimonial from client – Once again, so many thanks for doing such a terrific job with our garden. We are absolutely thrilled with all aspects of it – from the creative design to the planning and execution of all work, through to your advice and guidance all the way through the project. You interpreted our likes and dislikes so well, and there is nothing that we would want to change. I know that we were really fortunate having such stunning weather in April, but even so, it’s unusual for projects to come in a week earlier than scheduled.We really enjoyed working with you and all your team, and would be delighted to act as a reference point for your future prospective clients.

And ten year later…………

Jill designed and planted our garden over ten years ago. We were thrilled with it at the time, and we still are. We wanted a low maintenance garden which she delivered for us – it still looks amazing but with very little work required from us. We would highly recommend Jill. Alan & Trisha Wood