A garden with a view, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight – by Tim Brayford Landscapes

The sloping garden that we created

A garden with a view, Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight 

We were contacted by a client in Carisbrooke, she was moving into a newly built house which had wonderful views of Carisbrooke Castle, unfortunately the same could not be said of the garden that the builders had left her with, it simply consisted of a grassy slope so steep that it was impossible for her to cut it. She needed a garden that was more easily maintained and landscaped to a high standard.

We assessed the site for her and advised her on what needed to de done, she then commissioned a set of scale plans from us which detailed the general layout and itemised what was to be planted. The garden had to be in keeping with the area, the house is on the outskirts of Carisbrooke with views both of the castle and surrounding countryside. An informal natural look was preferred combined with low maintenance . We recommended leaving the area to the front of the house more open as this naturally led the eye into the surrounding area, save for some Beech hedging that was planted to screen a wooden fence and under-planting the grass with spring flowering bulbs.

The garden had spectacular views of Carisbrooke Castle and the surrounding countryside

One of the biggest challenges was the steepness of the plot, the client was not keen on splitting it up into terraces so a different solution had to be found.We constructed a curving shallow flight of steps out of old railway sleepers, mass planted on either side with ground covering shrubs. The thin chalky ground in which these shrubs are planted has been enriched with a large amount of compost and mulched with a generous layer of bark flakes to help retain moisture and supress weed growth. An automated irrigation system has been installed to ensure that the plants do not run short of water during dry spells.

At the top of the slope to provide a level sitting area that made the best of the views we created an elevated deck and a pergola. Fragrant climbing roses, Clematis and a vine were planted up it, the whole structure providing some shade on sunny days and an element of privacy from being overlooked from neighbouring houses. A couple of planters for seasonal bedding were constructed on the front of the deck.

Newly planted

A modest water feature was constructed to the side of the deck, this consisted of a small pebble filled stream and a waterfall dropping into a rocky pool, with the water recirculated by a solar powered pump. The bubbling sound of the water running through this was most relaxing. This wildlife friendly garden attracts many kinds of birds, badgers and red squirrels.

Our client said:- “What I particularly didn’t want was a garden that took a lot of hard work. The way Tim has done it I can enjoy the garden and work in it when I want to. It is just a source of pleasure. Tim really was fantastic, he saw to all the work himself, was totally reliable and created the garden that I wanted. Everyone who visits here says how pretty the garden is.”

For more photos, advice & stories about gardening please visit our  website  email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com  phone 07890 869918

 

A Cottage Garden near Godshill, Isle of Wight. by Tim Brayford Landscapes

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Herbaceous Border

A Cottage Garden in Godshill, I.W.

 

How do you make a cottage garden easier to look after and prettier too?

When our client needed to cut down on heavy work in the garden of her thatched cottage near Godshill she decided to seek professional help. She had initially bought the 17th century stone cottage as a weekend retreat from a high powered job in London and her recent retirement now allowed her to spend more time in the garden there.

A great deal of attention was paid to planning the project with positive exchanges of ideas between ourselves and our client, these discussions are of vital importance to achieve a successful outcome. Amongst the challenges that we faced was to add features that instantly looked old to blend in seamlessly with their surroundings.

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Newly laid paving and bricks

 

We were tasked with remodelling the driveway, we replaced an area of lawn with decorative pebbles which were retained by a low brick wall. A low maintenance flower bed was planted around an antique bird bath, it was adjacent to a window so both birds and blooms could be enjoyed from indoors as well as out.

Tim Brayford Landscapes – A large skipper butterfly feeding on geranium “Wargrave’s Pink

Ancient flagstones were recycled to construct new access paths around the cottage whilst further away brick paths edged the lawn, leading through to the orchard. It’s so important to make the correct choices with these kinds of materials, many modern bricks are far too regular and uniformly coloured for this kind of location but we found some that looked hand made with an irregular finish and colour variations.

Our client was delighted :- “ Tim’s advice was excellent, he is very helpful and knowledgeable . What he has done is nicely in keeping with what was here already”

For more photos, advice & stories about gardening please visit our  website  email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com  phone 07890 869918

 

 

Tim Brayford Landscapes Isle of Wight COVID-19 Statement – Update 29.6.20

Tim Brayford Landscapes-Spring Bulbs

COVID-19

Its already time to look ahead to next spring – during lockdown you may have noticed areas of your garden that could have been brightened up with late winter and spring flowering bulbs? If so now is the time to consider where they might be planted and start to plan for any necessary preparation work.  Tim Brayford Landscapes would like to reassure our clients that we have taken appropriate precautions to minimise the risk of spreading the disease through our activities and continue to remain open for business as usual within current constraints.

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Spring Bulbs

We are confident that we will be able to manage the impact that any further developments with COVID-19 will have on our day-to-day operations. If however you have any concerns at all please  get in touch.

For more photos, advice & stories about gardening please visit our  website  email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com  phone 07890 869918

Tim Brayford Landscapes Isle of Wight COVID-19 Statement – Update 24.6.20

Tim Brayford Landscapes – An award winning Isle of Wight Garden

COVID-19

With the continued easing of lockdown we are now able to access a full range of plants and landscaping materials with which to complete new projects. Tim Brayford Landscapes would like to reassure our clients that we have taken appropriate precautions to minimise the risk of spreading the disease through our activities and continue to remain open for business as usual within current constraints.

TimBrayford Landscapes – A magnificent repeat flowering shrub rose Bonica

We are confident that we will be able to manage the impact that any further developments with COVID-19 will have on our day-to-day operations. If however you have any concerns at all please  get in touch.

For more photos, advice & stories about gardening please visit our  website  email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com  phone 07890 869918

Tim Brayford Landscapes Isle of Wight COVID-19 Statement – Update 15.6.20

Fragrant rambling roses in full bloom now

COVID-19

With the continued easing of lockdown we are now able to access a full range of plants and landscaping materials with which to complete new projects. Tim Brayford Landscapes would like to reassure our clients that we have taken appropriate precautions to minimise the risk of spreading the disease through our activities and continue to remain open for business as usual within current constraints.

No lockdown for garden wildlife – A large skipper butterfly feeding on geranium “Wargrave’s Pink

We are confident that we will be able to manage the impact that any further developments with COVID-19 will have on our day-to-day operations. If however you have any concerns at all please  get in touch.

For more photos, advice & stories about gardening please visit our  website  email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com  phone 07890 869918

Garden Design and Landscaping FAQs – Tim Brayford Landscapes Isle of Wight

A country garden designed & built by Tim Brayford Landscapes on the Isle of Wight

Tim Brayford Landscapes FAQs

I’d like to have my garden designed, how do I go about this?

 Please contact us to arrange for a consultation. This exchange of ideas will be the foundation on which your new garden will be created. Our follow up recommendation reports are very popular and may be augmented by design plans where desired.

I’m very interested in having you design and build a garden for me, where can I see examples of what you have done in the past?

Please visit both the portfolio and testimonial pages of our website www.timbrayford.co.uk to view some of our past projects and hear what our very many satisfied clients have had to say.

When is the best time to have a garden designed and landscaped?

The consultation and design stages of the project may be done at any time. Although gardens can also be landscaped at any time of year more can be done when the days are longer and the weather is good. Rain and mud creates mess and will slow the work down. Planting can be done at any time of year but autumn, winter and spring are better for getting them established.

Tim Brayford Landscapes – A garden in spring

How much will having my garden landscaped cost?

Once we have met you and discussed your requirements we will be better placed to supply free estimates for the garden construction works

Can any size of garden benefit from being designed?

Yes. The point of good garden design is to make the most of the space you have available and ensure that the garden and house sit comfortably together. That’s what we set out to do, so you can get on with enjoying your garden.

Tim Brayford Landscapes – A large skipper butterfly feeding on geranium “Wargrave’s Pink

Can we have a garden that is child, pet and wildlife friendly?

A garden which is designed to withstand a little wear and tear is great for children, pets and wildlife. If need be these wilder areas can be separated off by hedging or fencing from the more orderly parts of the garden.

Do we have to have all of the landscaping done at once?

The design work usually encompasses the entire garden but if you just want part of your garden to be landscaped then that is no problem at all. Likewise it is possible to do the upgrade over several seasons if this is preferred.

Do you guarantee the plants that you put in?

If you select our aftercare service we will replace any new plants that fail within the first 6 month after planting.

Do you take the rubbish away when you landscape a garden?

All unwanted wastes are disposed of via a properly licensed waste carrier, unless we inform you otherwise this has been included in our price.

Aftercare

Many of our clients decide to keep us on after their project to ensure their garden receives the very best of care. We can also supply a maintenance schedule to assist clients who would enjoy taking care of their garden themselves.

For more photos, advice & stories about gardening please visit our  website  email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com  phone 07890 869918

 

Tim Brayford Landscapes Isle of Wight COVID-19 Statement – Update 8.6.20

A summer border in flower now

COVID-19

Tim Brayford Landscapes would like to reassure our clients that we have taken appropriate precautions to minimise the risk of spreading the disease through our activities and continue to remain open for business as usual within current constraints. With the progressive easing of lockdown we are able to access a full range of plants to complete our seasonal planting schemes.

A productive raised vegetable and herb garden on the Isle of Wight

We are confident that we will be able to manage the impact that any further developments with COVID-19 will have on our day-to-day operations. If however you have any concerns at all please  get in touch.

For more photos, advice & stories about gardening please visit our  website  email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com  phone 07890 869918

Isle of Wight Garden Gallery 80 by Tim Brayford Landscapes

The Isle of Wight has long been recognised as benefitting  from both a mild coastal climate and fertile soils favourable to the gardener

“Almost every plant species that are to be found in any other part of England are met with here, a circumstance that must be extremely agreeable to the philosophic mind and grateful to the botanist and man of science. They abound in quantity as well as variety.” John Albin – 1795 Newport

Our Isle of Wight Garden Galleries show a selection of gardens large and small together with the plants and features found within them 

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Peahen

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Spring Flowers

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Broad Beans

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Summer Bedding

Tim Brayford Landscapes were established in 1980 and we are British Association of Landscape Industries National Award Winners for Garden Design & Construction. We have a wide experience of landscaping works ranging from the initial ideas through to making gardens and their aftercare.

We recommend an initial verbal consultation and report preparatory to forwarding costings for your project, both for the building of entirely new gardens or for the addition of individual features to a well established one. Typically this may take the form of tree, shrub & herbaceous border planting, wildlife gardens & ponds, wildflower meadows, lawn seeding & turfing, raised beds, water gardens & pools,installation of irrigation systems, ground shaping & cultivation. We also undertake specialist maintenance work such as fruit, shrub & rose pruning.

For more photos, advice & stories about gardening please visit our  website  email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com  phone 07890 869918

 

Tim Brayford Landscapes Isle of Wight COVID-19 Statement – Update 1.6.20

Tim Brayford Landscapes – A summer border

COVID-19

Tim Brayford Landscapes would like to reassure our clients that we have taken appropriate precautions to minimise the risk of spreading the disease through our activities and continue to remain open for business as usual within current constraints. With garden centres now reopened we are able to access supplies of bedding plants to complete our summer season planting.

Tim Brayford Landscapes -Rose arch

We are confident that we will be able to manage the impact that any further developments with COVID-19 will have on our day-to-day operations. If however you have any concerns at all please  get in touch.

For more photos, advice & stories about gardening please visit our  website  email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com  phone 07890 869918

Isle of Wight Garden Gallery 79 by Tim Brayford Landscapes

The Isle of Wight has long been recognised as benefitting  from both a mild coastal climate and fertile soils favourable to the gardener

“Almost every plant species that are to be found in any other part of England are met with here, a circumstance that must be extremely agreeable to the philosophic mind and grateful to the botanist and man of science. They abound in quantity as well as variety.” John Albin – 1795 Newport

Our Isle of Wight Garden Galleries show a selection of gardens large and small together with the plants and features found within them 

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Apple Blossom

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Bluebells

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Garden seating

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Dog Roses

Tim Brayford Landscapes were established in 1980 and we are British Association of Landscape Industries National Award Winners for Garden Design & Construction. We have a wide experience of landscaping works ranging from the initial ideas through to making gardens and their aftercare.

We recommend an initial verbal consultation and report preparatory to forwarding costings for your project, both for the building of entirely new gardens or for the addition of individual features to a well established one. Typically this may take the form of tree, shrub & herbaceous border planting, wildlife gardens & ponds, wildflower meadows, lawn seeding & turfing, raised beds, water gardens & pools,installation of irrigation systems, ground shaping & cultivation. We also undertake specialist maintenance work such as fruit, shrub & rose pruning.

For more photos, advice & stories about gardening please visit our  website  email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com  phone 07890 869918