Design and Consultancy

  • I am available to work as a consultant on all aspects of planting design and the ongoing management of gardens and public spaces.
  • Resilient and long-lived herbaceous plantings designed for reduced maintenance – I am internationally recognised as a leading authority on the development of herbaceous plantings with a wild edge – which because of their composition on the basis of an understanding of plant ecology have a substantially lower maintenance requirement than conventional herbaceous borders – as well as a long season of interest. Such plantings also have considerable wildlife interest and complement rural or heritage surroundings.
  • I work with landscape practices on a consultancy basis, advising on plant selection issues. Recent projects have included the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill, Sussex.
  •  Development and maintenance programmes. I am available for consultancy, the drawing up schedules for the maintenance and ongoing development of larger gardens and planted areas in public spaces, and staff selection and training. I believe that maintenance should be seen as an on-going creative process, by which gardens develop over time.
  • Green roofs and living walls. ‘Green engineering’ offers architects, landscape designers, builders and gardeners exciting possibilities to use plants on roofs and grow large climbers up walls. I am available to advise on the horticultural specification and design of such features. With Prof. Nigel Dunnett of Sheffield University I have written the first book in English on this exciting new field.                                                           

The pictures here are of the award-winning promenade along the seafront at Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, on England's windswept south coast, a project where I worked as planting design consultant for HTA landscapes. Thanks to Marianne Majerus for images.

Below are images of some of the planting I did for Bristol City Council 2000-2009. Many have survived minimal maintenance surprisingly well.