This was a challenging project with many factors to balance. The council required an all-native front garden with low, or no, fencing; my sports-mad client wanted primarily turf; and the stunning architecture, with its retro nod to the famous Sir Walter Burleigh homes of the area, really pushed my creative buttons.

All these requirements were met, and the gardens are thriving. This project was unlike any I had done before. It’s an asymmetrical, yet balanced garden that features broken curved lines of planting, with vertical leaf forms settled by rounded, clipped shrubs. Sculptural accents include a kinetic sculpture that moves with the wind and the ‘Flowform’ water feature, set in a pond with floating steps. And of course plenty of turf areas to kick a football and play cricket – everyone’s happy.

NB. Photos are of the garden just installed.