Looking for a landscape garden designer in Hackney?
Even if you’re a little further afield you may still have arrived at the right place – Hillman Gardens also regularly cover Islington and Walthamstow.
What kind of garden are you after?
Stylish outdoor room? A family friendly garden where the kids can play football but the dog can also roam around? A traditional Victorian front garden restoration with an authentic tile path? A Japanese garden with a twist? There are many ways to interact with your outdoor space. Please take a look at a few example projects below and see if anything tickles your fancy.
Victorian Front Garden Restoration
Creative constraints can be a good thing. A Victorian front garden restoration is often an inspiring opportunity because we are working within the confines of both space and tradition. When reworking a period property entryway, consideration will be given to patterns and colours for the path and paving and typically a complete remodel of walls, railings and gates. Victorian properties often present a few technical issues due to the way the garden interfaces with the building. These issues have a variety of solutions depending on circumstances and the budget available for the project. By working together we arrive at a solution to fit the heritage feel at the same time as reflecting the taste and style of the client. A front garden is the most traversed outside space on the property and as such it is essential to get it exactly right.
Family Friendly Garden
Are you looking for a family and pet friendly garden design, featuring pet friendly astroturf and raised beds to help keep the football off the plants? Although we are talking about creating a very functional space, it is similarly important to include some of the more traditional elements such as vertical interest and a strong focal point so that the garden has something for everyone, kids, pets and home owners alike!
If you are lucky enough to have space for a roof garden then you should definitely consider it! There are of course certain challenges and potential obstructions to actually building a roof garden, but these can normally be assessed relatively quickly. First of all, the things to consider are how much mass it is possible to add and if the installation of an irrigation system is going to be possible. Access can be another determining aspect of the design because it can affect implementation and costs. Finally, once all other factors have been looked into we are able to forge ahead and come up with a plan to suit the desired aesthetic and demands of the space.
A small garden, or odd shaped garden needs a lot of thought in order to get the most out of the space. By thinking about the light, the shape and how to play with perceptions to make it feel bigger or more balanced it should be possible to maximise the plus points and realise the potential. A quirky extension with a cranked wall is all grist to the mill once the existing parameters are embraced!
Landscape garden design Hackney
Hillman Gardens landscape designs have one thing in common – at the core there is an underlying clarity of purpose, something which stems from listening to customers and being attentive to individual needs. Some folks come with a clear picture of their dream garden in mind, but not everyone has a preconceived vision of what they want or even what is possible in their outside space. Through a combination of listening, intuition, and an instinct for design it is possible to formulate plans which enhance both the space and the clients’ relationship with it.
If you have some initial ideas don’t hesitate to jot them down on the back of an envelope and share them when we have our first meeting. However, if coming up with a plan from scratch is stumping you, don’t worry! The most important thing to start with is a feeling about the space and how you’d really like to use it, because if we can establish the basics then a plan will begin to coalesce around the fundamentals and a design will naturally fall into place.
Garden design consultation – an example
Getting on the same page is key to a successful project
The above garden is attached to a tasteful new build development. Having spent some quality time with the clients divining their hopes and dreams for the space, along with a few creative parameters such as their preference for low maintenance and high visual impact we began to gather a picture of what was needed.
Decide what is important and build out from that
The view from inside the house through the large walk out windows into the garden was very important to our client. The design is as much about the view from inside the house as it is about being in the garden itself. The first part of the garden is given to flat functional space for tables, chairs and barbecues. The latter half was previously an unsuccessful lawn which was in need of a rethink. We thought a dramatic backdrop of exotic plants built into some striking geometric oak planters would provide the visual grip the client was looking for. By making the oak planters from large sections and to the appropriate height we were able to combine their form with the function of overspill seating for parties etc. This was a neat way of making a predominantly visual space into an invitingly usable one at the same time.
The perfect balance of form and function is unique to each client, as such it’s always a joy to arrive at a new crossroads every time. This keeps the spirit of adventure alive and as such is important when searching for something special and new with the next project.
“As a West Country import, I began life at the heart of a country estate. It was here that my fascination with the intersection of man and landscape blossomed into a lasting romance. There is nothing more rewarding than bringing that spark to a client and seeing them happily surrounded by a garden built to suit their needs and aspirations which they will love for years to come.”
“Twenty years ago I began landscaping. Since then there has been an unhurried progression through to becoming a landscape designer in Hackney, with interludes along the way touring and playing in bands. Like many people who live in and around North and East London, most clients I meet share a certain creative affinity – which is great when it comes to dreaming up the perfect garden together!”
If you have a project in mind and would like to explore it please get in touch:
Landscape Garden Designer Hackney
Landscaping North and East London