view of garden showing roses, ironwork, and sculpture on plinth in front of old stone wall

Fragrant garden expressing its locale

I designed this fragrant garden for clients interested in the distinctive qualities that differentiate particular places and cultures. This is not a garden restoration, but a completely new garden informed by the past, specific to this part of Edinburgh New Town. Materials and design details reflect local precedent. Sandstone rubble and ashlar, paving and paths of sandstone and horonised whin, all built by local stonemasons, with wrought ironwork by local blacksmiths. An extraordinary personal garden, heady with the fragrance of roses and seasonal flowers.

view from interior through wide open doors to the garden patio

Enjoying the Contemporary garden

The 'modernist' interior aesthetic of this contemporary family home is reflected in the garden's perpendicular asymmetry. Opened bi-fold doors unite interior and exterior spaces. The immediate connection with the house is integral to this garden's design. Geometric raised and recessed structures frame the organic forms and textures of the permanent planting. I designed this contemporary garden as a sequence of contrasting rectangular elements, with a separate lawn providing playspace for children.

view across large garden site during construction, with landscaper at work

Retirement project: an ambitious new garden

Beginning with a green field, a well-prepared planning application for Change of Use unlocked the potential of this land to become an ambitious new garden. Generous planting beds for the intended new planting; new garden buildings; an extensive formal lawn; choice new trees. My design for this garden resolves the clients' wish to retain their panoramic southerly views while enjoying the challenges of large-scale gardening. The site layout and planting are designed for efficient management without provoking an excessive maintenance burden.

inquisitive young cattle in field beyond flowering plants in raised bed

An attractive, productive rural garden

My clients were ready to build a glass-fronted house extension offering views across farmland, and a new detached storage building in their garden. The long site presented practical issues to resolve in the garden's re-design. A successful design for this attractive, productive garden arose from my research into aspects of the site, discussions with my clients and understanding limitations of the topsoil. Local landscape contractors constructed the garden. Planting by a specialist plant nursery.

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"If the garden you own is not the garden you would like to own, get in touch. For a modest fee I'll visit to see your garden's problems, consider possible improvements and discuss how we can work together to create a better place."
Douglas Dalgleish
2016