A Grand Garden Design And Landscape For Epping, Essex

Grow a Friendly Space


Earth Designs Garden Design and Build were asked to design and build a landscaped garden for a space in Epping, Essex.

This space was completely unusable as a result of a failed landscaping attempt by the previous occupants. Extensive ground work was necessary in order to level the space, including the redistribution of a very large mound of earth from the middle of the garden. There was a summer house in the bottom right of the space, which was structurally sound but in need of cosmetic renovation – during construction it was decided that the building should be removed. The client’s brief was fairly open and simple: to create a space for entertaining and social dining which compliments the decorative style of the house interior.


The design divides the garden into several distinct areas, helping to impart the illusion of space and create a sense of intrigue. The first area is open and floored with natural slate tile, multi hued with tones of dark and light grey and rust colours. Leading from this area is a flush decking walkway, bridging a sunken black lined pool and flanked on both sides by railway sleeper raised beds mounted with gargoyle water spouts. The sleeper beds continue down the space, flanking a large area of decking over which towers a bespoke wooden pergola, giving the space added height and a strong sense of drama. The pergola encloses a long, wide, heavy table and bench seating, constructed from sturdy sleepers to create an imposing focal point to the space. Overhead, a custom-made chandelier planted with ivy adds to the garden’s medieval atmosphere. A second decked walkway runs from the central decked area over a second sunken pool to a slate paved area at the bottom of the garden. The raised beds themselves are packed with evergreen shrubs and flowering perennials, with a dramatic and slightly gothic planting palette of black and white, softened with interspersed leafy greens.

Contact us today to discuss your project with our team of experienced grand garden designers!

Earth Designs is a bespoke garden landscape design and build company specialising in classic, funky and urban contemporary garden design. Our build teams cover London, Essex and parts of South East England, while garden designs are available nationwide.

Earth Designs is located in East London, but has built gardens in Essex, Hertfordshire and all over the South East. Earth Designs was formed by Katrina Wells in Spring 2003 and has since gone from strength to strength to develop a considerable portfolio of garden projects. Katrina, who is our Senior Garden Designer, has travelled all over the UK designing gardens. However we can design worldwide either through our postal garden design service or by consultation with our senior garden designer. Recent worldwide projects have included garden designs in Romania. Katrina’s husband. Matt, heads up the build side of the company, creating a unique service for all our clients. If you are not a UK resident, but would like an Earth Designs garden, Earth Designs has a worldwide design service.

Contact Earth Designs to discuss your own entertaining garden makeover, or browse our website to see more examples by our garden designer in Essex.


We cannot recommend Earth designs highly enough. From the initial design phase through to building, planting and completion they have been excellent. They have the knack of turning your ideas into reality with the minimum of fuss and disruption to your lives. We found the whole team led by Katrina and Matt to be friendly and helpful. Most importantly of all, Earth designs managed to convert our jungle into a garden which we love and is the envy of our neighbours.

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