First some Gardenmakers news.

Our water feature specialist, Tom Bradley, has become a father over the weekend. His wife, Kristen, gave birth to a healthy baby boy almost a month earlier than expected. I suspect the pair of them are somewhat shell shocked and (judging by the lack of response to the question) I also suspect they haven’t actually thought of a name for the newcomer!

Anyway, congratulations to you both. We’re all chuffed for you!

This coincides with me posting a new gallery of pictures in the Gardens section of the website. These are from the Oriental style garden we landscaped in Oxford this spring and Tom was responsible for building the fabulous pool and low-level waterfall.

Sally Hopkinson recently reprimanded for not including some ‘before’ images of the gardens we have created and she was right. It’s inspiring to see just what can be achieved with a tired old garden plot. So to rectify this I’ve added soem to this gallery and will endeavour to add more to the rest of the galleries as well.

The garden was landscaped for a professional couple in Oxford who wanted an outdoor space that reminded them of their time spent living in Japan, was easy to maintain and had the ‘wow’ factor when viewed from their huge kitchen window.

The garden is actually quite simple with the various component parts revolving around the central water feature. The paving is slate with granite setts detailing leading to a slate path studded with large beach cobbles. The water feature was created using a liner with the large stones set onto mortar. There is a deep area in front of the waterfall where the pump sits and a filter hidden out of sight in the planting behind.

The client wanted the planting to have a established feel to it so we spent a great afternoon at Tendercare choosing some lovely specimen shrubs including Japanese maples, Magnolia and heavy duty Wisteria and climbing Hydrangeas for the walls.