Beckenham – SE London

A project in Beckenham Place Park, South London got underway earlier last month. Its a large front and rear garden with pool, pond and newly created pleached walk. It also has an extensive terrace that wraps around the newly built house constructed by HR Projects . An area to entertain, relax and also a place for the kids to feel is their own,  an area for table tennis and bean bags. Each area is subtly designated by simple Kebony  decking details. The terrace will feel as part of the house with the same tile used both inside and out, by Domus Tiles.

The garden is in its early stages on construction and due to be completed summer 2016. Here are a few photos of progress.


Sandstone copings from CED Stone and Tiles from Designworks Tiles  being installed

The tiles will give the pool a dark also green look, a much more complimentary colour for pools when working this country. It will offset the planting and the Buff Sandstone.



The pleached trees have been planted before the end of the rootball season, awaiting there final staking. Piles of materials for the terrace in the background which will soon be the formal lawn.


Beech (Fagus sylvactica) hedging elements lay in wait for to be planted, to create the cubes. This will give  an added freshness come a couple of weeks when they come through.


8No. Large Pinus mugo ‘Pumilio’  will go in to create a gravel area flanked by two specimen Cercis canadensis, simple yet effective structural planting for all seasons. The Taxus hedging in the background will be used to create the tall hedges which divide the garden in to its separate rooms.


Piles of sawn and sandblasted stone from CED Stone lay in wait to complete the swimming pool terrace and also the lawn mowing strips and then bull nosed step treads and square cut copings for the walls.


The view from the house – pleached walk, formal lawn and terrace.


This will be the view above – Minus the scaffolding


Here the Taxus columns standing guard over the house, they provide the initial framing of the views from the house, the pleached Fagus sylvatica  then follow this up further up the garden.

Traditional Family Garden – Weybridge, Surrey

Last week we completed our Weybridge project. Finishing off with planting. The weather was perfect. The project was a rear garden designed around a newly crafted extension by Russian For Fish Architects. A reclaimed Yorkstone terrace wraps around the kitchen and dining room to create a space for relaxing and entertaining. A simple painted pergola creates framed views of each area, naturally dividing the space. Brick panels make the journey from one area to another feel more like rooms, with the sense of entering and exiting. Crafted green Oak sleeper beds create planting areas, for herbs and herbaceous perennials. Shady climbers on walls create a foil for the below planting. A garden for a growing family, for all seasons.


Ready for planting


Plants have arrived



Setting out

With a mix of perennials, shrubs and topiary the garden will have interest throughout the year. Plants such as Bay, lavender and Fennel create a herb inspired border close to kitchen, for both cooking and scent.


Lovely Bay balls for the raised planter


A Pittosporum hedge running along the newly painted boundary will be cloud clipped to form an informal backdrop to the planting.


Cleverly positioned Taxus topiary balls, create rhythm through the planting, surrounded by lush and airy herbaceous perennials, such as Digitalis ferruginea in the shade and a selection of complimentary Geraniums. Below you can see them with a backdrop of a simple Fagus Sylvatica (Beech) hedge, to be kept clipped to form a lime green backdrop for the planting.


As this time of year is getting warmer fast, we will soon start to see the signs of everything starting progressing. We will be back in a couple of months to check on progress. But here are some finished images for now.



Commercial project feature – The Beacon – Tunbridge wells

A commercial project of ours was completed at the beginning of 2015,  The Beacon – Garden Kitchen in Royal Tunbridge Wells. An outstanding restaurant run by the I’ll Mother Family,  with restaurants all over Kent including The Twenty six in Southborough, not to far away.

Recently it has been featured by  The Best In England. A lovely review of the project and a great place to spend a sunny afternoon or a winter evening.

We designed  the entrance, lower dining terrace and then the main restaurant terrace with its terrific views over the Kent country side. The project was also the winner of The Tunbridge Wells Civic Society Award  for the best Restaurant refurbishment in a landscape setting.


Framed views of the weald

Sit beneath the vines


A recent trip to Copenhagen, a city full of exquisitely designed furniture, landscapes and  architecture, here are a few selected images.


All Images Courtesy of HF + Ben Chandler Studio  © Copyright 2016

Country Garden – Essex

We have recently had the privilege to undertake a commission in the lovely country side just outside Chelmsford.  A stunning drive through quiet country back lanes and we end up at a substantial house and garden. We have put together a masterplan proposal which looks at every inch of the garden. Below are the plans and the visuals produced.

Concept Design Plan

Ben Chandler Landscape and Garden Design- CONCEPT PLAN

Concept Views


Planting plan day!!

With two planting plans to get underway this week here are a couple of moodboards for both gardens.

Both very different – One for North facing shady garden and one for a South facing sunny garden.

Visit the new website for more designs


Planting Moodboards - Ben chandler Landscape and Garden Design

Planting Moodboards – Ben chandler Landscape and Garden Design

Planting Moodboards - Ben chandler Landscape and Garden Design

Planting Moodboards – Ben chandler Landscape and Garden Design

Shade – Vibrant 

Planting Moodboards - Ben chandler Landscape and Garden Design

Planting Moodboards – Ben chandler Landscape and Garden Design