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Garden Design Projects in Surrey

We have compiled a selection of Rumbold–Ayers' most recent garden design projects in and around Surrey: click on the “read more” links below to see the full story:

Suburban Garden, Surrey/Hampshire borders

Garden Design Hampshire Surrey Summary: Garden design for a steeply sloping circa 11m x 11m back garden, associated with a house extension
Location: Surrey/Hampshire borders
Scope of work: Survey, Conceptual Plan and Visualisation, Detailed Design documentation



The house is a typical mid-late 20th Century semi-detached property, with brick and tile hung facing, situated within a suburban residential area. The back garden slopes upwards quite steeply, and is shaded by large trees on the neighbouring property. Plans include extending the house by adding a substantial orangery at the rear, and the creation of useable patio areas with a hot tub in the garden.

design solution

Steeply sloping sites, such as this, need to be terraced to create useable space. This typically involves the construction of retaining walls, in this case also to the sides bounding the neighbouring properties. The new orangery extension opens onto a secluded dining terrace, bounded by rendered retaining walls with trailing plants and steps with a glass balustrade leading to the middle level of the garden. The principal view from the long side of the orangery, towards a high masonry and stone-faced retaining wall, is enhanced with ornamental planting and an illuminated water-wall feature. The slate paving, white render and zinc galvanised planters combine to create a crisp, contemporary feel.

Surrey garden design

The middle level is the principal entertainment space. We designed a bespoke, contemporary style gazebo for the above-ground hot tub, with a small “bar” area to enable hot-tub users to socialise with other guests. The adjoining terrace area provides space for chairs or sun loungers. The hot-tub, terrace and planting are arranged to receive maximum sun, but still enjoy a sense of privacy despite the elevated position.

Steps lead up from the middle level to the top level, retained by a wall of stone-filled gabions. This area comprises planting and a gravel garden.

- planning permission applied for Q3/Q4 2013

Designing a Surrey Garden

There's some great garden design inspiration to be had by visiting one of the many excellent gardens in Surrey, including:
  • RHS Wisley near Woking – this world class garden extending to more than 200 acres has everything from ornamental to practical, traditional to innovative. It is the RHS's flagship garden and, in addition to richly planted borders, it is also where the RHS conducts many different field trials.
  • Saville Garden, Windsor Great Park – another world renowned garden, with something for every season. Some good examples of contemporary planting design, too.
  • Loseley Park, Guildford – the Walled Garden is based on a design by famous planting designer Gertrude Jekyll, and has a series of “rooms ” including the Rose Garden, White Garden, and Herb Garden.
It's easy to think of Surrey as predominantly suburban but, although the landscape is now rather fragmented due to urban development, there are substantial areas of open spaces and semi-natural vegetation. The landscape comprises a considerable number of distinctive regions, including the Thames valley, heathlands, North Downs, wealden greensand, and low and high weald: woodlands are a common feature throughout the county. As a consequence there's really no such thing as a “Surrey garden”, and the designer should pay close attention to the individual setting of each project.

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