Tom Sargrove  Landscape Gardening  




This urn was waterlogged, the struggling phormium was removed and the boggy soil removed.  The urn is a focal point of the front garden and needed  an architectural plant that would enhance the formal urn. 

The Salix capria - weeping willow will give three seasonal interest and be low maintenance with a maximum height of 2 metres   underplanting of hedera helix and viola  soften the stone margins of the urn and give colour in the winter and spring months 

Dennis before 

The front garden needed a revamp to become manageable and low maintenance .West facing aspect the garden needed to be enjoyed for the late afternoon warmth 

The borders were weeded and herbaceous shrubs shaped, the client has spring bulbs planted from the previous year.  The land levelled and turf laid after weeds removed 

Existing roses and perennial plants retained on the boundaries . Viburnum shaped and some shrubs removed from fence line.  Land cleared, levelled, membraned and mulched with peashingle.  Dot planting of lavender and creeping thyme planted.  The client has space for a bird feeder and easy access to replenish with seeds. 

This north facing bed had formally been planted with buxus(Box) hedging which had died from Box blight .  The plot was cleared and alternative planting to give 4 seasonal interest was offered. 

A border of Alchmilla mollis and anemones with inner planting of hellebores and hostas ensure that once established the plot will have all year interest in this shady area

Mulching is decorative and nutritional if using composted manure

Plants will "pop" with the foil of a dark mulch and colours of spring bulbs will be enhanced when they appear 

This was a large project to make the three tiered rear garden to a manageable and simple design.  Ornamental grasses and perennials had overcome the once structured garden.  The lawn was apologetic and weedy. 

The top third tier (unseen) had the remains of 2 raised bed vegetable plots which had been overrun with ephermerol weeds, access was limited due to the dense vegetation.    The base/first tier, (viewed to the right) was again overcome with grasses and weeds but had some good specimen perennials.

The outcome was a re-landscaping of all three tiers.  Grass turf laid on the second and third tier.  Herbaceous planting was refined and some transplanted to the first tier.  This now opens the garden up to a dining/seating area - a usable space to enjoy the planting.  At the time of laying the turf the weather was hot however, regular watering for 2 weeks ensured the good establishment of grass and any die back recovered well

Before and after photos of the first tier garden which was replanted and mulched with bark 

The front garden as seen in the former photo was overcome by unmanaged planting - the bed was weeded and re-planted with insitu plants , barked and contained with metal  Core edging.    Sections of the lawn were turfed  

Bramshott Grange Care Home in Liphook 

We cleared all beds of weeds and reduced the invasive planting .  Herbaceous plants clipped in to more uniform shapes and trees released from support structures.  Additional planting of Agapanthus, achillea and leucanthemum and other existing plants re-located to create new interest in the front adjacent beds  The beds were finished with a deep layer of bark mulch

Boundary bedding was shaped, soil weeded and beds barked

This original landscaping of 3 years had become overrun by ornamental grasses, and euphorbia .  Topiary herbaceous shrubs now unruly and trees restrained   The remit was to bring back the structure and add some colour 

Components of the rear communial gardens were refreshed and some beds re-planted     The two raised planters were cleared and annual bedding plants gave colour and interest.    The perimeter beds were supplemented with salvias and dhalias.  The boggy front bed planted up with Lobelia cardinalis and Astilbes.  All beds finished with a thick layer of bark mulch. 

This additional planter was cleared of plants, retaining the grasses and new compost added.  

A sensory raised bed was created  encompassing site, sound, taste, smell and touch with a small selection of plants 

Additional screening of hazel hurdles were installed behind the newly planted  griselinia, supplementary turf laid on perimeter margins of lawn, west and north facing beds were planted with perennials, all completed with a good mulch of organic compost  

The two front flower beds were cleared and some perennial plants retained and replanted   The beds were newly planted with herbaceous perennials and roses  and mulched with organic compost to feed the  

top soil and act as a weed suppressant .  We offered plants in accordance with client colour preference and for 2 seasons interest which would later be supplemented with spring bulbs 

By summer the beds have become established for a cottage garden style garden  which compliments the architectural build in a rural village setting

The rear garden was oppressively overrun by herbaceous shrubs and a conifer boundary hedge.   External contractors removed and ground down the conifers.  We planted an evergreen hedge of Griselinia on the boundary line to the side and back of the garden.   Shade tolerant plants added for colour and interest and the path was edged with Core metal edging for a clean defined line 

1970's crazy paving was replaced with Indian sandstone paving and a raised flower bed created at the boundary wall 

This east facing 1 metre bed needed colour and 3 seasonal interest.   The bed was conditioned with organic manure and prepared for planting

the existing Spiraea, wisteria, climbing rose and one hydrangea were retained and additional planting for height, ground cover and feature shrubs were installed.  the overall colour theme being purples, whites, lilacs .  Spring bulbs being added in the autumn 

 This east facing garden needed land clearance and levelling for the clients requirement of a patio seating area, lawn, replacement fencing and low maintenance flower bed 

Turf was laid, panel fencing installed, patio laid and a planting bed created.

A requested Prunus tree planted with some additional perennial shrubs.  The client planted some herbaceous perennials and we then mulched with bark as a water retardant and weed suppressant for low maintenance  

The client wanted screening with the two Amelanchiar lamarkii away from the fence line, these were staggered  when planting and the rings later mulched with bark

The garden beds are now establishing with the cottage garden perennials and the pond  is in full bloom with the iris

The bank had been falling into the stream and so was built up again on both sides .  A long section of stone work completed using 20 tonnes !

The side passageway was on a steep gradient to the rear garden.   Land was cleared, steps created and faced with

brick.  An awkward aspect to work in but a good end result 

The original plot had been cleared of large coniferous trees to realise a large rough and uneven area which was required for further clearance and levelling to create a lawn area and ericaceous bed 

Excavator and dumper work were completed, soil levelled and top soil layered  and levelled .  Grass seed laid around the newly created flower bed for the client to dig in shrubs 

Planting of clay tolerant shrubs and perennials to offer 3 seasonal interest Colours of white, burned gold, red, lime and purple. Spring bulbs added to contrast with the spring fragrant white flowers  - alliums and crocus

A south facing garden with heavy clay which had been very boggy in the winter. Client chose a raised bed from sleepers which was infilled with Dalefoot Lakeland Gold compost to address the heavy soil, improving aeration    The former 2 photos show the progressive work completed

The S/E  aspect had no flower beds,   a 70 meter x 7 meter bed was created as seen.  Topiary balls and trees are softened with grasses  and underplanted with tulips for spring and agapanthus for summer

The N/W facing boundary was excavated, top soil added, 10 x prunus trees planted, irrigation installed and soil laid with grass seeded ;  at a later point each tree was framed in  1m diameter rings and mulched with grey slate