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Plant Tales No 2: Digitalis, 'Foxglove'

I'm passionate about foxgloves, in the right location they naturalise readily, they are easy to cultivate, the resulting varieties are rich in colour, stature and texture – I like the sophisticated rusty brown shades. These elegant plants have history, beauty, variety, a suspicion of danger and, being very attractive to bumblebees, serve a practical environmental purpose – what is not... (read more...)

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Plant Tales 1: Anthriscus Sylvestris 'Cow Parsley'

I fell in love with cow parsley as a boy. I knew it as a common weed and, running amok in our garden woodland, it was considered anything but precious. My brother and I would cut linking pathways through it – an early exploration into garden design? We used hazel sticks as machetes to feel like Amazonian explorers, or bare-chested,... (read more...)

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Chelsea Flower Show

My first visit to RHS Chelsea Flower Show was as a boy being dragged, kicking and screaming, by my mum. I thought it would be full of the “paisley-skirted ladies who lunch” brigade. Turns out I enjoyed it in all its diversity, the wacky and bizarre end of things, of course! But I was also struck by the elegant, contemporary... (read more...)

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Sunday Times Home

If you want a home in the UK’s most unaffordable city, you’ll have to be creative. Cherry Maslen tells how this family did it. (read more...)

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Why aren’t all roofs like this?

Our practice has been involved in specifying a number of ‘green roofs’ over recent years, usually sedum due to roof load-bearing constraints. However, our most recent and enjoyable roof project has been when we designed our eco-house in Oxford. Planning restrictions meant that the entire kitchen would have a flat roof with a large skylight as would the garden office,... (read more...)

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Formal versus naturalistic

The discussion of formal vs informal, of humanised landscape vs nature untrammelled can be a hotly debated topic in the world of garden design. A wide variety of garden styles and tastes is the spice of life, but to suggest any designer can ‘recreate nature’ is, in our opinion, a non-starter. (read more...)

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The Pleasure of Planting Mature Trees

There are probably few things more exciting (in the world of garden design) than the arrival to site of mature trees ready for planting. They add a structure, maturity and instant three-dimensionality to a scheme that otherwise may take 5 -15 years to reach its design intent. (read more...)

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Old Barn, Oxfordshire

Old Barn, Oxfordshire

 

An architectural & contemporary garden for a family idyll

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RHS Chelsea Show Garden 2009

RHS Chelsea Show Garden 2009

 

A wildlife garden with a contemporary edge

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Victorian Town House, North Oxford

Victorian Town House, North Oxford

 

Smart walled town garden for home-working professionals and family

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Eco-House, Oxford

Eco-House, Oxford

 

An essay in green

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One-off Modernist House, Chilterns

One-off Modernist House, Chilterns

 

Bold design complements a unique contemporary house

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River Cottage, South Downs

River Cottage, South Downs

 

Cottage garden with a contemporary twist

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Walled Garden, Yorkshire

Walled Garden, Yorkshire

 

Evoking a feel of the country in a town garden

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Private Residence, Chilterns

Private Residence, Chilterns

 

Framed views merging into the borrowed landscape

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RHS Chelsea Show Garden 2007

RHS Chelsea Show Garden 2007

 

The Children’s Society garden

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Park Town, Central Oxford

Park Town, Central Oxford

 

A private space in the heart of the city

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Private Residence, Henley

Private Residence, Henley

 

An elegant blend of traditional and contemporary

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Private Residence, Seven Oaks

Private Residence, Seven Oaks

 

Modern family garden

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Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield

 

Large family garden

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Yorkshire Courtyard

Yorkshire Courtyard

 

Courtyard garden

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Combe, Oxfordshire

Combe, Oxfordshire

 

Thatched cottage with large-scale rural views

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Mill House, Winchester

Mill House, Winchester

 

Water Garden

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Horton cum Studley, Oxfordshire

Horton cum Studley, Oxfordshire

 

A modern cottage garden oasis

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Cycle Path, Oxford

Cycle Path, Oxford

 

A new Linear Park for Oxford

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