Diana Arnold Design
Garden Design of an East Molesey Family Garden
A family garden design project to provide new terraces and borders leading to the garden. Following Architects’ new glazed rear elevation to the property and open plan Kitchen / Dining Room and Living Room areas, a new an addition to a previous garden design project.
With a specific brief that the left hand Dining Terrace should be on the lower level, for neighbours’ privacy, a pleasant terrace with seating was created on the right hand side, with planting pockets and screening in a side border, of a neighbours extension, with shrubs, climbers and trees.
New Terrace Areas & Planting Borders by Diana Arnold Design dianaarnolddesign.co.uk
An Esher Family Garden
A family garden for an Esher property was designed to provide perimeter screening for the corner plot and lots of space for three small boys to have a great play area. Also a smart new Limestone Terrace was designed, edged with Black Basalt sets, to compliment the house, along with new lawn, steps and borders.
The Terrace included a Jacuzzi, seating and Sun loungers. Also a raised bed of our Clients’ Olive Tree with perennials, lavender and grasses to screen, along with transparent grasses, enabling the children to be seen from the house, while playing outside. Pleached Hornbeam trees forming an attactive and continuous screen. A new Malus tree, Lilac, Pittasporum and other shrubs in the new planting add structure to the garden design, in the new planting borders, for both sunny and shaded areas.
Waterside Residence in Shepperton
In 2016 a contemporary, creative landscape design transformed a modest sized garden with a fabulous riverside location, in keeping with the stylish interiors. Designed to create a natural garden full of flowers and interest in all seasons, with trees providing tall screening. Shrubs were used to give form and interest, alongside grasses and perennials to add colour plus attract beneficial insects into the garden.
The garden design involved remodelling the central Deck Area, removing the lawn, instead using flowing gravel pathways along new curving borders of shrubs, grasses and bulbs, rhizomes and perennials. Bespoke Corten Steel deck-height metal planters lining the new Deck were planted with tall grasses and colurful perennials. The new central steps leading down to the garden has a curving base step with matching Corten steel trim.
A large curving Corten Steel raised bed, for drainage, provides a bed for vegetables or cutting flowers and herbs. The new stepping stone pathway which leads to an intimate shaded seating area. A smart new Cedar strip back fence provides screening, a support for climbing plants, forming a pleasant backdrop.
Tree ferns, Astilbies, Astrantias, Lysimachia, Pulmonarias, Hellebores, Rogersia, Primulas, Hemmerocalis and Ferns line an intimate, shaded seating area.
The Children’s Centre Garden
Garden design of the Walton-on-Thames Grovelands Children’s Centre Garden, involved transforming a from a dull entrance and garden, into an interesting play area for the small children. The childrens ages range from 6 months to 4 years and up to 7 year olds also using the Grovelands A fter School Club.
Working directly with the Centre Manager, together we designed a layout which makes the very most of the space available. Some of the families who use the Children’s Centre live in local flats, so we felt it important to have a garden for the childrens use at the Centre.
After research of contemporary childrens play areas, the concept was a space with natural materials, an experience of playing surrounded by nature, which changes each season, using beautiful ‘Prairie Style’ planting. The new lawn is protected by a rubber grid system which provides soft landing to children’s falls.
The garden was designed include a new curving pathway to the entrance, new play equipment, a Stage and raised flower beds. I included a rock and gravel planting area with grasses and a large Rock bubbling fountain. Children would have their own gardening bed and a Bee Hive Waterbut for watering.
A sandpit with bench and slide was designed in a fenced Baby & Toddler Area. In the main garden we added stepping logs, a wall playboard game, a shed and a Stage for singing and plays, with pebble soft seating for the children, parents and staff. The garden is loved by all that use it, especially the children.
A Large, Private Residential Garden Project in East Molesey, Surrey.
An East Molesey private residential project was a larger family garden. The concept design transformed a dull garen, with nw shaped lawns and terrace, new planting borders, plus a framework of trees constricted the view, to invite you to continue to walk through the garden. A group of new Betula, plus Holly trees at the rear of the garden provide screening, amongst new shrubs in the deep rear border.
New borders of shrubs and perennials framed the lawns and provided screening, colour and interest. Grey tones of the new terrace stone slabs, reflected the silver grasses and shrubs, mixed with purple Salvias, deep purple Tulips, mauve Roses, white Digitalis and Astilbies.
Purple Cotinus, Peonies and rich copper tones of Heuchuras edged the lawns, which were punctuated by Buxus balls and Lavender. Large black-stemmed bamboo specimens and new slatted trellis panels provided an elegant screening to the lower terrace dining area.
Chelsea Flower Show with Quercus Fencing Trade Stand
It was great to meet the team at Quercus Fencing. Being involved in designing, supplying the planting and planting it on site, was exciting and quite challenging to source the plants in perfect bloom for the first day of the show, with only a few weeks notice.
The planting style was to be a modern Cottage Style, which suited this woven oak fencing. The Quercus Trade Stand won a Certificate of Commendation.
Installing the planting into the beautiful Quercus woven Oak raised beds was a very fast track operation, as the planting was to be completed on the day before opening.
We were thrilled to work with Quercus, their Oak fencing is a sustainable product, which is also beautiful and practical.
Photographs by Heather Edwards.
Front Garden Project, Walton-on-Thames
A smart new modern front garden design, a new enlarged driveway with a Sanstone paved seating area and small lawn with stepping stones. A crescent shaped lined with lavender, new herbaceous borders and Cornus flowering tree. A low maintenance solution and providing fragrance and colour throughout the seasons.provided pleasant Balu hardwood slatted fencing with climbing Jasmine and Clematis.