HERE ARE THREE EXAMPLES OF SKETCH CONCEPT PLANS FOR A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT SHAPED PLOTS WHICH I DREW UP FOLLOWING GARDEN DESIGN VISITS

THIS WAS A TYPICAL LONG THIN PLOT

The owners were keen to make the most of their new conservatory and wanted to include a raised bed, a pond, decking as well as a woodland area.  Screening was also required to the right and so I suggested an internal trellis division linked to shade-giving pergola beams over the kitchen window.  This also enabled an outdoor utility area to be allocated.

THIS SITE ROSE STEEPLY TO THE BACK BOUNDARY AND SWEPT DOWN AROUND THE SIDE

 A new extension to the dining room prompted the keen DIY owners to tackle the slope.  Steps straight up from the french doors would have been predictable - but boring.  My suggestion was to change the emphasis out on the diagonal to the top corner with steps leading up to a summerhouse with changes of level created with railway sleepers.

A SQUARE GARDEN WITH NO ENTICING VIEWS OUT

An introverted design seemed to suit this site and I sketched out a bold brick-edged lawn which gathers planting around it.  To make the most of the longest dimension, I proposed setting the paving on the diagonal to direct attention across to a wooden pergola arbour in the far corner.  The gravel path encircling the lawn ends in a secret evening corner surrounded by soft frothy summer planting.  A perambulation around the garden can be taken by using stepping stones set through the shrub border on the right-hand side.

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