The dream clients are those that love plants and want to have fun with them in the garden. I love it when a client has carte blanche on a space and is ready to take a few risks, that’s where the really innovative design comes from.
What is your top tip if you are thinking about landscaping your garden?
Plan ahead! Often the garden is done after any house build work is complete. In fact it’s better to plan the garden at the same time as the house designs (even if the garden build will be later) so that you avoid rushed decisions and the plot is viewed in its entirety. The house and garden need to work in harmony, so planning them together makes a lot of sense.
For those focusing on the garden alone, now is a great time to take stock of your garden and see what works and what doesn’t, as well as where the sun falls throughout the day. It can take several months to design and build a garden, so it’s worth planning ahead.
You have cleverly disguised a trampoline in your garden - what are your tips for keeping children happy, while keeping the garden looking great?
Gardens are for everyone in the household, so by all means have goalposts and trampolines but it doesn’t mean you have to hand the garden completely over to the kids. I like to sink trampolines in the ground so they are less of a feature, or plant in front of them so the first thing you see is greenery. Introducing focal points in the garden to draw the eye away from these elements also helps.
Can you give us some advice about the best way to develop your gardening knowledge and skills?
So much of gardening is learning by doing – even the best gardeners are still learning and so don’t be afraid to experiment. For upping your knowledge, Gardeners' World is a great source of information and following gardening accounts on Instagram is invaluable for up to date tips and tricks in the garden.
How would you describe your style?
Classic with a playful twist.
What is your day-to-day uniform and how does it differ when meeting clients or on site?
If I’m in the studio it's normally jeans and a shirt, and with the rise of zoom meetings I like to make an effort. Because of the job I do I like my clothes to reflect my style, so I will try and keep it classic but current. When out on site I am often on building sites, so my clothes tend to be more utilitarian – chunky boots, black jeans and waterproofs are essential!
What Cefinn piece would you say is perfect for meeting clients and why?
I am completely smitten with the Jamie blazer. I like to be a little smarter for meetings, so it’s perfect for throwing over a t-shirt to smarten up an outfit and I know I can wear it from work straight out to dinner in the evening.
Which three words would you use to describe Cefinn?
Feminine, classic, elegant.