A Contemporary Garden 


This is a narrow garden (6 x 20m) in Hampshire behind an extended Victorian house, which is very wet in winter due to underground springs. The young couple have no children and are on a limited budget so needed to retain the existing paving and pebble patio, and the garden shed. The garden is bordered by hedges, and is in the shadow of a large weeping willow.  The garden design needed to be able to be constructed by them at a low cost.


Requirements for the new garden design/landscape architecture:


  • 2 Patios in the morning and evening sun
  • Retain patio, shed and boundary hedges
  • Small lawn
  • More interesting borders


Full testimonial:

"Ann Balmforth worked on our Hampshire garden design and implementation in April/May 2014 and we are hugely pleased with the results. The garden was in serious need of a fresh look that made the most of its dimensions and aspect, whilst retaining some of the existing features. Ann took on the project with boundless enthusiasm and right from the initial consultation was very customer focused, clearly understanding what we wanted to achieve and building this into a coloured outline plan which was clear, met all expectations of a fresh, modern look and most importantly worked around the existing hard landscaping, which we were keen to retain. We were also relatively constrained in terms of finances and Ann's expertise in choosing the right level of design, materials and plants to keep us to budget was evident. 

"Ann's knowledge of plant types is exceptional and she instinctively knew what would work, both for our garden and for us! Her planting plan was so easy to read even garden novices like ourselves were able to follow the transformation plant by plant, and we have ended up with a beautifully landscaped urban garden with colour, variety and, importantly for us, sustainability! Ann offers a friendly, professional design service - we felt we were in very capable hands from the very start and would thoroughly recommend her services."

Mr T, Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire. (see reviews on Houzz)


The garden has been constructed by the clients. 

Here are the Outline Plan and some photographs:

Ann Balmforth
ann balmforth GARDEN DESIGNS - Your local Dorset Garden Designer/Landscape Architect
If you have any questions regarding the designs please don’t hesitate to contact me.