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Small space garden design for courtyard gardens and landscaping for town gardens in Somerset, Dorset and beyond. 


Case Study - Langport 2016

What the clients said: 

“We are delighted with the involvement of Queen Thorne Landscapes throughout the exercise from design and advice on plant selection, to undertaking and completing the build.  Our finished garden surpasses our expectations and throughout the project the workmanship and professionalism has been excellent”


The Brief 

We first attended the Kelways Site in 2008 for C G Fry & Son and then went on to landscape the gardens for the completion of the properties prior to sale.  In 2016 we were asked by the owners of Plot 42 to redesign their garden and remove the hard lines; the clients did not want straight lines and particularly liked the idea of movement in the garden.

The clients requested that we keep the existing pavers outside the property and the garage area, and a small selection of existing plants.  The garden measures 9.5m by 8m narrowing to 7m. The garden faces south giving us plenty of opportunity for abundant planting to allow the clients to sit on their terrace and have a visual journey through the garden.


Marking out 

The first task was to remove the lawn and the plants that the clients wished to retain.



After the lawn was removed, the ground was prepared and footings put in for the brick pathways.




The new design adds depth and intrigue with the careful use of graphite paving setts and Freshfield Lane bricks.

The garden is now ready for planting with a cottage garden feel with soft pinks, purples and whites, incorporating hostas, peonies, lupins, soft pink roses and more.


We are thrilled with it, and it is nice that it is always changing. Earlier the Dicentra Spectablis (bleeding hearts) were all about 3 feet high and covered in pink and white flowers, looking really pretty. I have cut them back and they are already putting on quite a bit of new growth – same thing with all the blue geraniums which looked amazing, so I’m hoping for a second bloom from them too. We are also very pleased with how well the Sambucas Nigra, the delphiniums and the lupins have grown (although it is a constant battle against aphids on the lupins…….) Lots of white irises looked good, especially with purple and white alliums dotted in with them. The pink roses on the arch are gorgeous and also growing well on the bottom fence.

June 2017. 

This week we were kindly invited back to the Garden in Langport to see how the garden had developed and matured. We have to say we are really pleased with how the garden looks. Its a wonderful visual journey. With a mix of cottage planting and selective textures in the hard landscaping allows you to walk through on a subtle changing space.