Garden Features

Garden features can mean anything from a water feature to a dramatic flower pot or statue. Many people expect they can simply buy a feature and add it to their garden to enhance it. This rarely works without a good deal of planning and design to make sure all of the elements are in harmony. I trust the features in my garden integrate with the overall design and aesthetic, and also that they provide you with some inspiration.

Trained Fruit

I have trained a dozen fruit trees into interesting forms on fences and walls throughout the garden.

Trained fruit page»
Trained fruit forms»
Trained fruit posts»


This pond is the central feature of the vegetable parterre. It has been developed over a several years and is now a really delightful part of the garden.

Original construction»
Upgrading the pond»
Other pond posts»

The Sentry Box

I built this little seating area early on in our time here. It doubles as a place to dump garden tools but also forms as a key viewpoint along one axis of the vegetable parterre.

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Clipped Evergreens

Clipped box, lonicera, yew and privet create formal structure throughout the garden. Hedges and topiary: all essential element of classic English design.

How to prune box balls and topiary»
How to prune dwarf box hedging»

The Lawn

I sowed this fine rectangular lawn from seed. It’s a pleasure to keep it looking at its best as it forms the centrepiece of our rear garden.

Creating the Lawn»

Decking Steps

These anthracite grey steps link our kitchen extension to the Lawn Garden. Their simple design employs a few tricks that ensure they are stylish and practical.

Design Considerations»

Vistas and Views

I suppose this is quite a formal garden. There are several axial vistas which have been designed to enhance particular views. They are also quite photogenic!

Borrowed View

Outdoor Kitchen

This is a compact outdoor kitchen with gas plancha BBQ, sink and tap. Designed to make eating outdoors a regular thing.

Garden Kitchen and Barbecue page»

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