In the press
Have a read of some of the articles that Simon Orchard Garden Design have been featured in. To view the article in full screen just click the double arrow icon on the top right of each article and choose the 'Current view' option which opens a new window. If you're viewing on a mobile device, simply click on the image.
A long narrow plot
Modern Gardens, May 2021
We were tasked with turning an un-loved narrow garden into a calming space for the owners to relax in after a hard days work.
We took the bold move to ditch the lawn in favour of paving and gravel, softened by prairie-style planting. See what you think, and view the whole album here
New build garden transformation
Modern Gardens, Feb 2021
See how we transformed the boring and awkward-shaped garden of a new build house into a contemporary and stylish garden, complete with cascading water feature and supersized steps leading up to a sun deck.
For more photos of this garden have a look at the full album.
Take a Break, March 2020
I found this old chest thrown out in the street and thought it would make a quirky and rustic herb planter. Anyone can upcycle and it's a great way to save money.
Have a look at the full album to see other upcycled items, including wall cladding, trough planters and a living wall - all made using old pallets
A lighter step
Modern Gardens, Jan 2020
Our photo of the chunky composite steps we designed is the main shot in this article about LED strip lighting in gardens in this month's Modern Gardens magazine.
Green wall getaway
Pro Landscaper, Sept 2019
Read about how we created this split-level green oasis to complement our client's high-end basement conversion, and how we managed to persuade the client to opt for the cool blue-grey colour scheme rather than the cream paving and white rendered walls they had originally wanted.
And you can see lots more photos of this and other projects in our portfolio
Shabby chic in
Modern Gardens, April 2019
A tour of my own London garden (before we moved out of the city to Hampshire). A masterclass in creating a garden on a tight budget with clever use of layout and materials to keep costs down, as well as lots of upcycling of salvaged items. to create an aged, shabby chic look.
Modern Gardens, Feb 2019
We love this garden that we re-vamped in Blackheath. The clients wanted a contemporary garden they could relax and entertain in, softened by lush planting. That's exactly what they got, with a garden that includes composite decking, a firepit and a soothing water feature. You can see the full album here
Front garden revamp - round 2
Modern Gardens, Jan 2019
Modern Gardens Magazine seem to like my gardens (not that I'm complaining) and this one in particular which they featured back in October 2017 - see below. It was a simple project aimed at keeping costs down whilst having high impact. You can see more photos of this front garden in London on our Houzz profile
Stylish front gardens
Modern Gardens, Feb 2018
Front gardens needn't be dull. We transformed one garden in London into a sophisticated and contemporary garden, sticking to a strict palette of green, white and grey. Whilst in another we planted in blocks to showcase individual plants. Click on the links to see more photos of The White Garden and The Cubist garden
Front garden revamp
Modern Gardens, Oct 2017
Small but sweet. Whilst lots of people like turning their front gardens into car parks we like to do the opposite. Here's a small front garden that we greened up by adding planting pockets within the paving. Now that's got to be better than looking out of your window and seeing you car! See more photos of this front garden in London on our Houzz profile