instant | southend on sea | essex

The brief was to create a planting plan for two beds to provide instant impact including high level screening from the road and houses surrounding the exposed plot.


The client already had extensive plant knowledge and a very long list of desired plants and trees, so the task was to refine the list and suggest suitable additions to complement the choices and desired scheme. The plants chosen include the following:


Acer palmatatum

Amelanchier x grandiflora 

Athyrium niponicum

Carex oshimensis

Cercidiphyllum japonicum

Continus coggygria

Doodia media

Dryopteris wallichiana

Dryopteris erythrosaura

Fatsia japonica

Festuca glauca

Hakonechloa macra

Heuchera marmalade and obsidian

Hosta francee fortunei and sieboldiana 

Miscanthus sinensis

Nandina domestica

Pachysandra terminalis

Panicum virgatum

Polystichum polyblepharum

Prunus cerasifera

Pyrus calleryana

Sambucus nigra

Sorbs cashmeriana

Trachelospermum jasminoides


Comments from the client:


'Having a tiny and exposed garden, I had for years neglected it due to it feeling largely pointless - thinking it somewhat impossible to do anything remotely interesting with the space. To say I was wrong would be an understatement!

From the initial consultation onwards, Sarah was engaging and full of ideas, suggestions and, most importantly, questions. Other gardeners simply told me what they would do (invariably planting rows of laurels and other same-ish suggestions), but Sarah truly investigated what was important to me - the colours I wanted, the layouts that appeal to me, plants I liked/disliked, and ultimately what the ideal end result would be. I can happily say that this end result was achieved, perhaps even surpassed, and that Sarah’s enthusiasm, passion and creativity were the key factors in achieving this.

Whether you have a sprawling estate or a postage-stamp sized courtyard, I can thoroughly and confidently recommend Sarah in helping you to make the most from the space, and with a result you can enjoy for years to come.'