Smaller gardens may often prove more complex than larger ones. Space is at a premium, and the needs and desires of the client need to be compressed into a smaller area. Per square metre, small gardens get an awful lot of attention!

So it was in a recent project of mine. The clients had a long list of requirements which needed to be satisfied; the site had its own peculiarities and requirements; and I had my tastes and opinions which needed to find expression too. It’s the combination and distilling of these that is the design process.