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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.

Ask the Designer

Modern Gardens, August '23

My own garden makes it to the pages of Modern Gardens Magazine this month, as I give one of their readers some advice on how to get the most from their new terrace without compromising on their all-important floor space.


Click on the double arrow above to read the article or have a look at the full album for this project here

The Shipping Container Bar

Modern Gardens, June '23

When my clients asked me to include an outdoor bar in their garden, they didn't expect we'd be craning in a shipping container over the top of their house a few months later! Enjoy the article, and if you want to see more pictures of the shipping container bar and the rest of the garden you can view the full album here

Ask the Designer

Modern Gardens, December '22

One of Modern Gardens' readers wrote in to ask how to turn a boring paved area of their back garden into an exciting space for entertaining and parties. When we got the call from the editor to see if we could help, we were delighted to offer some tips and tricks of the trade! Click on the double arrow above to read the article ohave a look at the full album for this project here

The Power of Plants

Dream Gardens, July 2022

See how we incorporated a huge living wall as a wow-factor focal point in this Victorian terrace basement garden. Not only did it create a planted oasis of green, but it also allowed for the maximum area of paved terraces for relaxing and entertaining.


Click on the double arrow above to read the article or see more photos

Water and Warmth

Dream Gardens, March 2022

We are back in Dream Gardens this month with one of our favourite gardens which features a sunken firepit area,


Floating hardwood benches on three sides (undeplanted with shade-tolerant groundcover plants) provide ample seating for family and guests. 

A bespoke water feature adds an extra sense of drama, with water dropping into a trough from a rendered feature wall, via thee copper pipes.


And taking centre stage in the area is a contemporary firepit from Solus Decor which provides a perfect focal point to sit around at any time of the day. More prosecco anyone? 


Want to see more? Then head over to see the full album in our portfolio.

The Serpentine


Dream Gardens, Dec 2021

In this article you can read how we used curved pathways and circular terraces to transform a boring narrow plot into a tranquil space for our client to take time out after a busy day in the home office.

And be sure to check out the

full album to see lots more photos from this project.

Taking it to

another level

Dream Gardens, Oct 2021


Having seen the photos of the multi-level garden that we designed, Dream Gardens Magazine got in contact about a special feature they were writing on the same subject.


We gave them lots of hints and tips and let them use our photos which they seemed very happy about!


So if you've got a tricky sloping garden and want to 'level up', simply click on the image to have a read of the finished article, or you can always get in touch with us directly so see how we can help.

And you can see lots more photos of our multi-level garden, as well as all our other projects here

A long narrow plot

without grass

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.

Upcycled planter​


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.


You can see the full album for this project here, or click on this link to watch some amazing aerial drone video footage of this garden

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

the city

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.


See more photos from this project -  head on over to our portfolio

Wow-factor garden

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

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