Garden Designs by the team at Nicholsons
Chelsea Flower Show 2013
Following our trophy winning success in 2012, Nicholsons Garden Design are building a trade stand show garden in 2013. Our theme reflects our work – simple, stylish and faintly traditional. We have kept our materials simple and harmonious using galvanized metal with a T-wash finish and a modest plant pallet of greens and pale yellows and creams against strongly structured planting – the brand mark of our tree and hedging nursery in Oxfordshire. We hope you will come and see us on stand PW33.
The Country Hall
The front façade of this beautiful C17th Cotswold Hall was eclipsed by mature yew hedge planted in parallel lines in front of the house. We transplanted the mature yew and developed a formal garden around the building. The house now sits in open parkland with close borders and simple topiaries to give winter interest. The north lawn is particularly simple with a pool in the distance with an elephant sculpture sourced by our clients.
Village Manor House
The gardens of this listed Manor House were largely derelict and the area where the potager now sits was an old farm pond full of rubbish. Our clients loved the kitchen gardens of Raymond Blanc and this garden was inspired by the layout at Le Manoir. The overview of this garden is “simple is good”, with minimal planting of structural elements to set off the exciting architecture of the house.
A Town Garden
Our client on this exciting project loves structure and formality and her husband wanted lots of colour. The garden has been designed with very strong structural elements which support the most beautiful architecture of a turreted red brick old town house. This project has been particularly exciting as our client has become a passionate gardener and the garden continues to evolve under her hard work and inspiration. It is full of colour and beauty.
Our garden, situated on top of a very exposed hill, was part of the nursery production beds in the year 2000. As soon as we started to build the house, my 2 year old daughter and I planted hedges to divide up the space and shelter our new planting from the prevailing south westerly winds. The early years were soul destroying as the garden had no form until the hedges matured and equally quickly the nursery developed around us with barns, offices and irrigation tanks filling the view. Now the garden is a peaceful series of garden rooms, colourful herbaceous borders, a very productive potager and lots of wild corners. We maintain our one acre plot in 4 hours / week so do not look too closely! It has taken 10 years but now looks like it has been there forever and we love it.
This beautiful property was a derelict farm yard with only the remnants of the original garden layout. Our plans allowed for the gardens to wrap around a courtyard of stunning farm buildings made into the most beautiful contemporary living space. Our client is passionate about colour in the garden and loves variety in planting. The garden has an inner courtyard, planted with exuberant borders and otherwise wide sweeps of plants that celebrate the landscape beyond. This garden has real energy near the house and the most beautiful soft rolling landscape as a backdrop.
Old Rectory Garden
A quiet rural hideaway which an energetic family have made their home. This garden is structured to have flower filled borders immediately around the house with a very simple landscape as the garden meets the paddocks and views beyond. The family have little time for gardening but by using this design style, manage to have the most beautiful garden in the areas they most use.