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Floral Couture for 2015

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 13:32

Giambattista Valli at the Duke Mansion

be original by Hendy Curzon Gardens

Dossier Journal editorial - Hartje Andresen by Elle Muliarchyk

Flower fever has completely gone to our heads in anticipation of next year's gardens and landscapes. Our walls and desktops are covered in imagery for new palettes and inspirations - so we are sharing some of these here with you. Many of the schemes have been installed and the rest will happen over the course of the Winter both in towns and the country.

Rogue or maverick? 'Coco Cola Can' Tulip - image HC Gardens

Tulip installation by Katie Marx Flowers for The School's Maybelle calligraphy class, Melbourne

This beautiful installation by Katie Marx flowers inspired us no end. The simplicity of the green stems and the effect of the one type Tulips that look dip-dyed is very appropriate to the Calligraphy class where it was installed in.

HC Gardens Exterior Design blog

We have been colour-blocking in planting schemes for some years now, but last January and ever since we became obsessed with ombre

Givenchy Couture

This dress has inspired a huge new ombre scheme in the same colours. It will appear in Spring 2015, coming to a landscape near you very soon!

Inspiration ombre - fabric and Papaver King Kong, HC Gardens

Dune from

Photographer Midori Chan

Photographer Michael Segal

Revlon, American Vogue 1984

Catwalk Flower carpet at Mary Katrantzou's show, London Fashion week 2011

Jo Malone London 2014

HC Gardens

Soren Udby

Tunnel by Joyful Thailand

Barbie Shanghai by Slade Architecture

It's been a really good year for designing and pushing through new schemes and colour combinations and there has been a great response to this by our clients. We still love and are installing monchromatic schemes and the very classical and favoured Cotswolds cool palettes, but it is exciting to be applying and installing them in different ways.

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MMJ Weddings & Events

Ellie Saab SS14 Show at Paris Haute Couture Fashion week


Tulip by Carl Franklin

Couture dress Alexander McQueen

Tulips by Jane Cumberbatch

French Antique Wedding Co.

Coat of flowers outside Dior Couture, Paris 2014

Modern Prairie Landscape Hendy Curzon Gardens

We are currently uploading the Modern Prairie project to our portfolio. This has been a long project that we are proud to be sharing. 

It's landscape is sculpted and cloaked in native Wild flowers.

The paths are mown like rivers running through the fields and hills of flowers. On it's perimeter, colour-blocked perennial schemes flow off of a natural swimming pool anchor point. We approached the planting design in a painterly way, considering every season for its merits across this landscape.

There is a walled garden of ancient Beech that contains comprehensive perennial schemes. The palette is vividly pinks, purples and white. The mutli-season schemes are contained within an informal parterre grid of clipped Buxus which we designed based on two finger prints. Visit our portfolio to see the project in detail and how it appears in different seasons. We should have the words and images completed this week. The house designed by architect Peter Feeny was featured in Dezeen magazine last month. Link appears at the end of this post.

Cool beginnings

Ombre inspirations - Clouds via Loft Global

Alexander McQueen

New too to our portfolio, Interior Designer Lorranie Chu's townhouse gardens, pictured here is the roof terrace.

Design Quixotic

Norham Gardens, HC 2014

Inspirations around our work place

Alexander McQueen & Damien Hirst scarf collaboration

Norham Gardens, HC 2014

Pakistani Wedding

Ombre Foxgloves in an HC Garden

Inspiration floral couture - Vivienne Westwood by Tim Walker

Firey Iris from an HC Garden

Ellie Saab Fall Winter 2014,

provided our floral couture inspiration for picking a dark dramatic palette for a front of house project...

North End Landscape, HC

Christian Dior Couture Spring 2007

Vintage garden vibes

New Vintage Victorian Florals from Alexander McQueen

Judge's House in November, HC Gardens

Vintage Vogue by Karen Radkai for Anthony Vaccarello

We were pleased with year 1's results at Judge's House. The garden has a very vintage feel and has even appeared as a backdrop to a photoshoot for Dubarry!

Rodney Smith

Saipua Flowers

Beautiful vintage floristry from Saipua - get the link at the end of this blog. They seem to epitomise bringing the outside in. Their flair for combinations is mouth-watering and effortlessly stylish.

Vintage floral couture inspirations - Alexander McQueen

December Hydrangeas taking on a vintage patina

Alexander McQueen - floral couture inspiration

In our office - Frozen Rose inspired by Alexander McQueen!

Floral couture inspiration from Christian Dior 

New Oriental Poppy - still flowering this season! We brought this one inside and loved the pigmentation stains on the petals. A very glamorous flower and an improvement on Perry's White. The big reveal of type will follow next Spring.

Marc Jacobs

Hendy Curzon Gardens

Hendy Curzon Gardens

Makoto Azuma

Rose, HC Gardens

Floral footwear Alexander McQueen

Katie Marx Flowers

Ombre Hydrangea, HC

In the Modern Prairie landscape, HC

Modern Prairie, HC

Alexander McQueen goes prairie!

Vintage Rose, HC

Pink Canyon, Valley of fire State park by Eddie Lluisma

Mulberry by Tim Walker

Peony & Blush Jo Malone London

Zita Elze Flowers

Vintage Hendy Curzon Garden

Victoria Beckham Vintage Country Vogue

Even Posh is getting out in the garden these days and embracing the vintage country vibe... although she looks none-too-chuffed about it!

Next time on the blog : It's Christmas... so let the countdown begin with us by decking your doors and bringing some outside in.


Dezeen feature

Saipua florals

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All about Autumn

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 14:58

It's all Autumnal...

in town, HC Gardens

in the country, HC Gardens

Autumn right now is about keeping on top of clearing down leaves and debris, and planting afresh in preparation for next year. Bulbs, perennials, new shrubs, topiary and trees. It's good to clear the decks ready for Winter.

Here's to a great November then - full of colour and design inspirations.

Autumn Look Book

Andy Goldsworthy Landart

Aurigae from depart

Treecups by Love Milo

Home by Peter McFarlane

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Cath Schneider

Autumn with colour

Tornado Water feature by William Pye

Architects : Approach Architecture Studio

Anish Kapoor

Andy Goldsworthy


Autumn heights

Pared-back Autumn

Woodland magic

Andy Goldsworthy Landart

Diphylleia grayi : woodland flowers that turn transparent in the rain

Next time on the blog : the results of our HC Gardens Autumn photo shoots (sneaky peek above). Have a very Autumnal weekend.

All about Autumn Source Book : Hendy Curzon Gardens (leader images), Pinterest, Any Goldsworthy, Deviant Art, Pinterest, Love Milo, Peter McFarlane, Chateau la coste, Houzz, Pinterest, Andy Goldsworthy, Cath Sneider, Hendy Curzon Gardens, William Pye, Archdaily, Approach Architecture Studio, Anish Kapoor, Deadmau5, pinterest, Hendy Curzon Gardens,Island house Finland, google plus, Pinterest, memeguy, HC.

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Nature's treats

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 15:45

It's Halloween so here's our annual spooky blog full of treats from the natural world.

Today's been a scorcher with a mini heat wave across parts of the UK. Cracking weather for the 31st of October.

Spooky cats from around the web today

Chalkboard pumpkin

Halloween inspirations

Pumpkin patch

Wolf in a Birch forest

Fallen leaves

Pumpkin path

The Ghost bat

Fabulous Fruit bats

White Pumpkin & Limelight Hydrangea

Little Vampires

Ghost bat babies also known as False Vampire bats. They don't seem so scary.

Glamorous guordes

White Halloween

From a white wolf on a prairie to an arctic fox...

Inspired by last night's wonderful David Attenborough documentary on BBC : Life story. Catch it on iplayer. Amazing creatures, landscapes, cinematography and narrative.

Rescued wolf and fox friends

Pumpkin head

Spooky houses

Raven Spires, Glasgow, Scotland

Animalia : Henry Horenstein

Hungry Bear 

and are you ready for the scariest of them all... 

...Soup anyone?

Have a great autumnal weekend, with not too many tricks and lots of treats!

Nature's treats Source Book: Martha Stewart, Hendy Curzon Gardens, Watt pad, Pinterest, White Wolfpack, Minimalista, Henry Horenstein, inhabitat, indulgy, gardenista.

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Pure October

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:26

Greetings! Say hello and wave goodbye to October then. It's been a great month but gone in a flash. It is positively brilliant that it has been so mild. We have been busy with projects, plus bulb planting season is upon us. We are three quarters a way through 12k bulbs, spread across all of our client's projects from the last 2 years. Some additions and tweaks on 2013 projects and all new bespoke schemes for 2014 garden and landscape installations. This week we thought we would share our October gardens updates being uploaded to our portfolio. All images have been taken over the course of the month. We hope it illustrates the longevity and possibilities of gardens that are designed to be enjoyed all year round. Here we champion October gardens - HC style...

Bespoke front of house 

Harvesting time

Bespoke gardens with personality

Bespoke bridge with black water pools at the Bield

Bringing outside in } from October gardens

Small spaces big ideas } October gardens

Sculpture Parterre garden project under construction this week

North End has some new tricks to reveal next year... we are quite excited about the elements we are about to install.

Vintage October gardens. Judge's House still stopping traffic this month.

Only a few sneaky peeks here of Lyme Cottage... the new kid on the block has a lot of vintage secrets and depths installed to reveal next year too...

Jardin in October

From the Contemporary Country garden & landscape project... sneaky peek from the Kitchen garden today.

October gardens. All of our projects are packed full of bespoke elements that are designed and installed to surprise - every month and season throughout the year.

October gardens by HC

Vintage style October gardens

Bespoke gardens with all the elements covered in house } HC Gardens October

The rain today made up for it's relative absence this month. The chaps on sites all took shelter but pursued as they always do, to ensure our client's gardens are created!

Coming soon... a very Contemporary Country garden, a Rough Luxe Townhouse garden, an Alice in Wonderland front of house installation and lot's more. We hope you'll join us.

Pure October Source Book: All images and Gardens - Hendy Curzon Gardens, Greetings Owl - David Wenham, Frog - Rebloggy.

A tribute to the Team : Darren, Jaimie, Sophie, Daniel, James, Tom & Tom, Ashley

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Shaded white

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 17:26

"Never use pure white. It doesn't exist in nature." Aldro T Hibbard

Greetings and welcome to our day 5 design in colour exploration.

We are feeling quite all white :)

Shaded white : Colour schemes are arrangements of colours based upon colour systems. Most of us intuitively work towards colour choices and have our favourites and preferences. Over time our tastes change, but then often revert back to colour schemes that we think we have 'moved on' from.

Installation art : nature deconstruction - Maude Leonard Contant

We effectively 'cycle' through palettes over time. Colours we were once drawn to, then tire from, we may find creeping back into our design choices again. This is because colour stimulates us. We all need change, but there is still comfort in the familiar.

White can represent a clean slate, new beginnings, a fresh start - so every year around this time (when Autumn is often overwhelmingly impressive with colour) we look to Winter and the pared-back appeal of gardens and landscapes in it's setting.

By visualising designs and projects achromatically - composition, shape, form, definition, lighting, style, mood and contrast can all be considered and explored on an indepth scale.

Seedpod - HC Gardens

Our eyes sense the reflected wavelenghts of light and perceive them as colour. Objects reflect and absorb these wavelengths. Today's design in colour exploration of shaded white studies whites that are simple and beautiful in faded forms. Whites that are also contrasty for being both highlighted, and cast in long shadows by Winter's low light - and whites that are warm and bright when reflected, refracted or absorbed by metals.

Blind - Anish Kapoor

Ibiza Formentera

Land art - Henrique Oliveira

Lost&found - HC Gardens

Chair - Daniel Wildrig

Architecture - Jurgen Mayer-Hermann

Display - Hannah Lemholt

Land art - T Soekmin Ko

Couture - Stephane Rolland

Anish Kapoor

Couture - Iris van Herpen

Sculptures - Anish Kapoor

Land art - Richard Long

Outside in installation - Richard Long

Land art - Anish Kapoor

Land art - Karin van der Molen

Turning the world inside out series - Anish Kapoor

Rhinestones Tea Lights - Teri

Styling - Doswell & McLean

Vanilla Moon - Doshi Levien for Haagen Dazs

"White is the combination of all colours and the indicator of light and brightness, with powerful connotations to all of our rites of passage."

Interiors - Rose Cottage

Paint - Shaded White 201 - Farrow & Ball

Front of house - exterior paint studies - The Paper Mulberry, Country Living by Glenda Steel

Land art light installation - Bruce Munro

Seed Clouds lighting - Ochre

'The beginning and the end' - Sherwin James

Shaded white Source book : Dezeen, Architecture circus, Houzz, Farrow & Ball, HC Gardens, Anish Kappor, Pinterest, Bruce Munro, Rose cottage, The Paper Mulberry country living, Annie Snadler, Awakening Bohemia, Tumblr, Felix Lammers, Indulgy, Vogue, Doswell & McLean, W Strepp, Ochre, Boyle family, Picturette

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