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Welcome to Sheila Hassock Garden Design

What do you want to do in your garden?

Sheila Hassock Garden Design can create a space to suit your individual tastes and needs. From a small city garden to large rural plots, in traditional or contemporary design.

I provide knowledge, expertise and solutions


A beautiful garden is a life enhancing thing. It gives you somewhere to relax and to play. It is an extension to your house and provides views, space and even other rooms.

A well designed garden is a solid investment in your property. An attractive garden can add 5% or more to the value of your house (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, For a house worth £500,000, that’s an increase of at least £25,000. Unlike other property projects, a garden can grow to look better over the years rather than depreciate with time.

By using a professional garden designer, the full potential of a site can be realised. Designs are created on paper before any construction takes place, allowing potential problems to be solved before costly mistakes are made. The aspect and soil type are considered before producing a planting plan where the plants will flourish throughout the year. A design plan also allows areas of the garden to be constructed at different times, depending on budget, and allows the collection of competitive quotes from professional contractors.


Sheila Hassock Ph.D. is a fully qualified garden designer based in Kent and working in the south east of England. I have a BSc and PhD in Biological Sciences and a love for gardens and horticulture. These passions were combined by training professionally at the Pickard School of Garden Design, London, one of the largest garden design schools in the UK. Silver-gilt medal winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2007.

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Tips For The Month

  • Plants for January – Skimmias (evergreen leaves with long-lasting berries), Hamamelis (spidery winter blooms), Pernettya (shade tolerant evergreen with showy berries), Hedera helix (evergreen ivy).
  • Sow sweet peas and annual bedding plants like salvias, petunias, busy lizzies and lobelia.
  • Take root cuttings from dormant perennials like acanthus, ceanothus, dicentra, echinacea, Japanese anemones, phlox and verbascum.
  • Protect alpines from excess dampness.
  • Stake new trees and check supports of older ones.
  • Shape young trees.
  • Prune trees and shrubs grown for their leaf colour like Sambucus nigra ‘Aurea’, Acer negundo ‘Flamingo’, Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’ and Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’.
  • Winter-prune wisteria by shortening sideshoots back to 2-3 buds.
  • Improve the lawn drainage by spiking with a fork.
  • Plan vegetables and herbs for an early start to the cropping year.
  • Set up early potatoes to sprout or chit.
  • Bring strawberry plants in pots into the greenhouse for forcing.
  • Prune hazelnut trees.
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The Government is hoping to steer the public to use more environmentally friendly products in their front gardens. From October 2008, home owners in England must apply for planning permission if they want to pave their front garden with an impermeable material, such as asphalt. Planning permission is not required if you use a porous [...]

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