December 31, 2014

Architectural Plants –what’s in a name?

One of my current projects is a new build contemporary property in Cheshire and we are appointed to design the landscape design for the scheme. The brief for the landscape is related to an inside outside approach where the building is very contemporary, with materials of glass, wood, natural stone and white render. A modernist…

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April 6, 2014

Creating inspired courtyard gardens-tips for success

Recently Poppyhead was commissioned to design a contemporary potager garden attached to a Victorian villa in Cheshire.  The garden is going to be terraced on 3 levels.   A layering of perennials, climbers and shrubs together with herbs vegetables and fruit are the order of the day, with natural materials including natural stone, gravel and wood…

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October 8, 2013

Liz Ackerley of Poppyhead Consultancy is the Grand Designs Live Garden Designer of the year Oct 2013 with her winning garden: The Gourmet Retreat

I have now returned from the NEC and Grand Designs Live having won the title: Garden Designer of the Year!  It has been a bit of a roller coaster journey and I am thrilled, following 5 weeks of preparation after shortlisting at the end of August, to be awarded the title.  After all the pre-work,…

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November 9, 2012

Creating Inspired Small Gardens

  I have an emotional attachment to my now faded and well-used first garden design book: Really Small Gardens by Jill Billington.  It’s crammed full of tantalizing glossy rich images and thought provoking ideas including the use of mirrors, sculpture and borrowed views.  Since then, inspired by the sorts of small spaces that I have…

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