My Work

Please scroll through the galleries to see the stories behind my recent garden design projects.

contemporary GARDEN ON THE BATH SKYLINE

 
 
 
 

STORY:

On a steeply sloping site with a panoramic view of Bath, this garden needed to complement the scale of the new house.
An amphitheatre of planting wraps around the patio outside the kitchen, creating a perfect indoor/ outdoor entertaining space.
Pleached hornbeam hedging, new tree planting and a pond add interest and privacy without obstructing the view.
'Evolution', a stunning slate sculpture was commissioned specially from the talented Scottish sculptor, James Parker.

"Deborah Allen designed the most incredible garden from a steep, boggy and exposed site that offered nothing but challenge.  An amazing transformation into a sophisticated yet usable and beautiful landscape which we will enjoy for many years to come. Thank you Deborah!“
 

Moroccan Inspired Courtyard Garden

STORY:

This client asked me to create a corner of Marrakesh in her Bath garden. The successful execution of the brief depended on getting the details absolutely right. I involved local craftsmen and international suppliers to create a garden which realised the client’s dream.
A bespoke stone bowl was commissioned for the central fountain and the feature was tiled with authentic Moroccan tiles.
Accessories such as an antique Moroccan window and a Trompe l'oeil wall mirror were sourced.
The planting scheme was of exotic, but hardy plants, with climbers to use the vertical spaces.
The table was bespoke and the seating area added both privacy and drama to the garden.

"Trust me, you could never make a better garden or one that is more appreciated."

Contemporary Courtyard Garden, Bath

STORY:

A tiny walled courtyard for a busy working couple.
The brief was to create a relaxing, low maintenance space. The design included moving water, which helped to disguise traffic noise and create a calm oasis in the city.
Raised planters and smart built- in seating maximised the space and the lush planting scheme included climbers to make the most of the vertical space.


Terraced Garden, Bath

story:

This garden was a steeply sloping lawn which the client was struggling to mow and was dominated by a large, protected Hornbeam tree. The solution was a design which created a series of terraces, some planted, some just places for sitting and admiring the views. The key to the realisation of the design concept was technical know-how and a close working relationship with the hard landscaping contractors.

"We wish we had done this years ago! Thank you!"


Bath City Garden

 
 

story:

A garden in the centre of Bath belonging to a Grade One Listed property.
This garden had been left as a building site after a major renovation of the property and needed a complete transformation.
Raised planters were built to create areas for planting and a paved seating/ entertaining area situated close to the house.
Bold, structural planting gave the garden a crisp edge and bespoke metal trellis on the walls added height for privacy from neighbouring properties.
A bronze sculpture commissioned from the artist Laurence Dicks was the finishing piece to this elegant garden.


Somerset Village Garden

story:

The brief for this delightful family garden was to make space for vegetables, a trampoline and possibly chickens!
The existing trampoline was sunk into the ground to minimise the visual impact (and to make it safer) with the longer term view that the hole could become a pond.
The garden benefitted from being surrounded by stone walls which set off a palette of cottage garden plants perfectly.


Town Family Garden

STORY:

This garden sloped away from the house and its’ boundaries were uninspiring concrete block walls.
The brief was to create a family garden, with space for the young children to play, plus entertaining and relaxing space for the adults!
The design divided the space into three distinct areas;
A patio near to the house for eating and entertaining; a central area of lawn and planting and a play area at the end of the garden.
The walls were disguised with trellis panels and planting and the transformation was complete!

Country Garden

STORY:

This garden, owned by keen gardeners, lacked structure and definition. The first task was to create paths around the garden and define the areas with strong lines,
then to soften it all with planting.
In addition, a pond and bog garden were created for wildlife and year round interest. Plenty of borders planted with herbaceous perennials allowed the owners to indulge their passion for plants and gardening!