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Sunny Terrace and pond in Chichester Garden

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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.

Diana Arnold Design Sandstone Terrace with planting pockets for climbers

The Garden design includes steps down fron the terrace and stepping stones through a front border.

View of the rear garden from the Terrace upper seating area with new planters and Camellia.

 New Terrace Areas & Planting Borders by Diana Arnold Design

An Esher Family Garden


Diana Arnold Design & Graduate Landscapes Ltd.

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.

Limestone Terrace with Basalt set edging

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.

Sun loungers and raised bed of Lavender, Olive Tree, perennials & grasses

Diana Arnold Design with Graduate Landscapes

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 water fountain provides a beautiful focal point

Diana Arnold Design alongside Graduate Landscapes

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.

Diana Arnold Design alongside Graduate Landscapes

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.

The pathway is edged with planting including variegated Cornus, Viburnum, Rosas, Hydrangeas, Nandinas, Astrantias, Geraniums, Asters and Hibiscus.

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 Portfolio Children's garden changes through seasons

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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.

Praire Planting in Childrens Garden

Raised Beds of shrubs and prarie planting, children enjoy watering the garden, from the Bee Hive Waterbut.

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.

Portfolio - Features Rock fountainand Stepping Stones

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.

Garden Design Portfolio Children's garden planting to attract insects

Planting including Salvias, Sedums, Bamboos, Grasses and the Buggy Park,in the entance area.

Garden Design Portfolio Children's planting textures

Planting – Grasses and Perennials with seasonal interest and movement

Garden Design Portfolio Planting in large raised oak edged flower bed

Raised Oak edged raised Border protects the plants from trampling at playtime.

Garden Design Portfolio Children's Centre planting attracts insects

Children’s Centre planting attracts insects


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The Children Bed for growing herbs and vegetables & stepping stones play area

Garden Design Portfolio Autumn red-tinted grasses in children's garden stage area

Stage Area with bamboos and grasses. Bright fibreglas planters brighten a shaded wall.

Garden Design Portfolio Flowers in the children's garden

Shrubs, mixed Grasses and Perennials include Pittasporum, Echinacea, Asters, Phlomis, seasonal bulbs and Geraniums.

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.

Garden Design Portfolio Landscaping a large garden with elliptical lawns edged with bordersThe kitchen was to open on to the new upper terrace with glass bi-folding doors and steps down to a lower terrace. Garden Design Portfolio New Terrace with planting

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.

Garden Design Portfolio Overall view of garden with shaped lawns

Chelsea Flower Show  with Quercus Fencing Trade Stand

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Diana Arnold Design Chelsea Flower Show with Quercus Fencing

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Planting in curved Quercus Oak planters

Garden Design Portfolio 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.

Garden Design Portfolio sandstone edging to paving & bordertransforming exterior spaces


A Family Garden in Surrey.
Raised Terrace & Planting Borders
A Shaded Area with Fire Pit
A Corten Steel Raised Bed
Gravel pathways with central Water Feature
Quercus Stand for the Chelsea Flower Show
Prairie Planting at the Childrens Centre Garden Project Walton-on-Thames
Planting Design - Prairie Planting