Emma’s garden design practise is increasingly influenced by ongoing ecological and horticultural research to create naturalistic gardens.  Not only are such gardens beautiful and interesting all year, sustainable and beneficial to wildlife, they are less resource intensive and expensive to create and maintain.  However, sourcing, selecting and maintaining the plants which will thrive in such communities is a specialist skill.  The good news is our best British plant hunters and nurseries are successfully growing suitable plants.

In my quest to create the garden with “no lawns, no borders”, I am frequently asked to demonstrate examples. They are not our wild and neglected areas or our native meadows which neither provide the all year interest or variety expected of a garden.

These images from New Jersey are the closest I’ve got to my vision so far . . .

New natural garden in summer








New natural garden in winter with path









New natural garden