Just a wee note to say thank you for the superb job you did with the box garden. All the plants came up beautifully this summer and I was especially pleased with the way they were spread over about 4 months.
Just want to say how wonderful the garden looks. Thanks for all your hard work.
We were highly delighted with the finished garden, which has been much admired by friends and neighbours. I would have no hesitation in recommending Laura in the future.
GARDEN DESIGN PORTFOLIO
Edinburgh Garden Designer - Large and Small Home Portfolio
Read some of Edinburgh based garden designer Laura McKie's example portfolio to see how she can help you make the best of your garden large or small.
A) Large Surburban Garden for Entertaining and Relaxation
This garden had been very run down and neglected and the new owners wanted to create a beautiful new modern garden with designated dining and relaxing areas, along with large, child safe lawns for their young family.
The existing rotten old hot tub decked area was removed and replaced with newly designed decking, complete with lighting; floating steps and bench and integral planter. New planting was also incorporated around this area and the whole thing was created to give an easy walk throughout the space.
A large travertine paved patio was created leading from the house and floating travertine steps to the side entrance. Linear paving in contrasting black was used for step edging and this created a line leading the eye across the new bridge.
Over the bridge, nestled in the sunniest part of the garden was a large decked lounge and dining space, with travertine being used to create an elliptical shaped BBQ area with a curved wall behind. This was accessed from floating steps with lighting under.
Glass was used extensively in this garden to ensure it is a safe haven for children to play.
B) Panoramic Hill Views in Lanarkshire
This garden was part of a new build and was mostly grass. It had no boundary fences and the whole garden ran parallel to a stream of fast moving water. With such fabulous views the clients’ most important request was that we should make the most of these wherever possible. This garden also had to be child friendly as the clients were a young family with a small child. Also on their wish list was a large area for dining and some ready-made seating.
Two levels were created and the design is built using a smooth sandstone product, cut to create soft curves and edged with contrasting brick. The house is wrapped with paving, giving room for the BBQ to be stored near the kitchen and a main patio at ground level from the house; this leads down to a circular space which is flanked with two integral rendered low benches.
At the boundary Glass has been used in front of the main patio, so that the fabulous view is uninterrupted. The rest of the boundary has been created using individual timber posts, with gates to match; these blend in well with the surrounding landscape and do not deter the eye from the view.
C) Bistro Garden
This was a newly opened City Bistro and I was approached to create a user friendly garden for customers. The brief was to give it kerb appeal to entice passing prospective customers in. It had to be practical with plenty of space for seating in the beer garden; accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs and the planting had to be not too obtrusive, easy to maintain and pretty.
First of all the existing undulating ground was levelled; a curved path to link the decked patio and the garden to the rear was built and an archway at the end of the path creates a sense of moving into a different space where the style of seating might perhaps be more child friendly. New paved steps were added along the length of the decking to give easy access right across the space.
New planting beds were added both at ground level and raised beds and in order to keep plants to a manageable level, gravel areas were incorporated where a minimal planting style was used. Pyrus trees were planted on the boundary which will ultimately be topiary cubes offering some privacy and noise reduction from passing buses.
D) City Garden
This was a tired, neglected & unusually long space and the brief here was to create a large paved patio and to incorporate a water feature.
A series of circles were used for this design, one of which was a large Travertine paved patio, this overlapped with a smaller circle of grass and in the overlapping elliptical shape, cobbled setts were included to give added texture. A further circle of grass was followed by a planting circle with a gravel path curved through it to enable easy access for maintenance. Easy maintenance is also provided with the use of artificial turf throughout.
A raised bed was used in a dark corner in order to lift the planting opportunity toward the light; the bed was staggered in height with the final bed being a small pebble & stainless steel blade water feature.
E) Suburban Garden
This was an empty space by the time I saw it. Client was keen to create an oasis of tranquillity in this suburban space that backs onto the Water of Leith. Two patios were required – one for dining and one for lounging and the space was to include a water feature.
Two circles were used here, one in each corner and a large broken circle of artificial turf to the centre. Framing this are generously planted beds offering a mix of shrubs and perennials for all year round interest. Nestling just off centre and near to the dining space is the large reflective water feature sitting atop a gravel bed and surrounded by grasses. Raised timber beds were also used at the steps to add easy access planting opportunity.
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Laura McKie - Garden Designer for Edinburgh Small and Large Gardens