Author Archives: Kathy Taylor

About Kathy Taylor

I design gardens of all sizes, from small town courtyards to large country estates. I am happy to be involved in simple planting plans through to complete redesigns. Colour, texture and form are essential in my designs, which blend contemporary and traditional elements. I believe that the smaller details make a garden what it is. The garden is now regarded as an outside room to be enjoyed as an extension of your house.

I lost my heart at Aberglasney Garden!

Aberglasney Garden in the Tywi valley of Carmarthenshire is rapidly becoming my favorite garden to visit. I first visited in October 2014 and was bowled over by the brilliant plant combinations and formal and informal elements of the design. Take … Continue reading

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Tiny pond

No garden is too small for a pond! A pond is guaranteed to bring delights to your garden with pond skaters arriving, seemingly from no where, and visiting dragonflies and damsel flies. They are great for wildlife, in fact having … Continue reading

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I am very pleased to have been shortlisted for the Raymond Blanc National Heritage Garden Design competition. For more information on the competition see  

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Singing the Blues

Now is the season of the colour blue.  It is easy to be spell-bound by this colour particularly the deep blue of our native bluebell which en mass seems to shimmer and transport us to another world.. Wanstead Park in … Continue reading

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ICELAND Landscape Inspirations from 64 degrees North

Iceland may not seem the most obvious place to take inspiration for garden design, especially in winter, but inspirations for artists and designers come from diverse &, sometimes  unlikely, places. Although Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream, it is … Continue reading

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March actions

It’s time to cut down those Cornus (dogwood) stems  that  have been glowing red/green or orange  all winter and bring them inside so you can extend enjoyment of them, while allowing new growth buds to form outside.  If you cut only … Continue reading

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Hosepipe ban lifted after record rain

Britain’s biggest water company is lifting its ‘hosepipe ban’ today, 14th June,  after an extraordinary amount of rain eased the severity of the water shortage in the South and East. Thames Water said “a heartfelt thank you” to the 8.8m … Continue reading

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