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Botanical Garden Design on Isle of Dogs


Earth Designs have years of experience working on all kinds of garden design in Isle of Dogs. We are a skilled and reliable team of local garden designers and landscapers. On this page, we will take you through the process of designing specifically a botanical garden in Isle of Dogs.
Botanical Garden Design on Isle of Dogs


The clients have lived at the property for over 20 years and landscaped the garden many years ago. However illness prevented regular use and maintenance of the garden and the once beautiful space has become tired and overgrown. The clients wanted to revive their love of gardening by making the space more accessible, with plenty of raised beds and the opportunity to stamp their own mark on the space as the garden grows.


This design focuses on the clients love of gardening. Based on a Victorian plant hunters botanical theme, the planting is all about foliage. To set the plants off to their best the garden boundaries are clad with a contemporary horizontal softwood timber slats and painted black. The lower section of the garden adjoining the house was restructured to create a larger more useable area, with a curved retaining wall across the garden. To the left of this is a seating area comprising fibreglass planters with a built-in hardwood timber bench. To the right is a Victorian inspired mini greenhouse. New curved steps were constructed opposite the back door. These steps are wide and shallow to enable easy access to the upper garden.

Paving throughout the space is comprised of cream porcelain tiles laid in a diagonal stretcher pattern in a curved spiral motif. A pebble mosaic ‘rug’ forms the centre of the spiral shape. To make gardening and maintenance as easy as possible, all planting in the upper garden is contained within curved raised beds constructed from rendered concrete blocks and painted a zesty lime green. These beds are formed of several sections, each increasing in height by 20 cm increments, with the tallest in the back left corner of the space. The rear boundary fence was clad with a panel of green Perspex to reflect the Victorian botanical inspired theme of the space and provide a stylish backdrop on which to display the client’s London Underground sign and other ephemera. A bespoke bench seat constructed from a length of reclaimed docklands fender timber gives a nod towards the heritage of the area. To the right of the space, a tall sentry box style storage unit allows storage for waterproof scatter cushions and garden tools.

The planting scheme has a lush feel, with a backbone of shrubs, new architectural specimens and some of the clients existing plants including several established yukka.

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

With our years of experience working on a variety of gardens both locally and nationally, we can offer a specialised, tailored design including Small Garden, Rooftop Garden, Ornamental Garden, Modern Garden, Cottage Garden, Formal Garden, Contemporary Garden, Courtyard Garden, Japanese Garden and Mediterranean Garden Design.

We fell in love with Kat and Matt from Earth Designs from the first meeting. Kat nailed the brief with a design we loved and the whole process from start to end was pretty painless. The guys, doing all the hard work, were considerate, friendly and kept us up to date throughout the six week build. Once everything was finished and the planting complete, we started to use the space last summer. We really appreciated our new space and used it to the full. Now 12 months on, the planting has started to settle in and as the weather is improving we are spending more and more time outside. Something we couldn’t have done before. Overall, Earth Designs were creative, friendly and professional. Matt’s practicality in the implementation of Kat’s imaginative and clever designs, mean you have a partnership that works on every level, especially us, the customer!

Botanical Garden Design on Isle of Dogs

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