Esher garden designed by Cherry Mills


Our clients had bought a wonderful gothic style Victorian house on a sloping site and wanted to adapt it and add a large extension, which would extend out into garden space. The existing layout had no real front garden and the driveway bisected the garden, leading right up to the house walls. A triple garage was to be part of the new architectural elements and a large parking area was required.

A completely new layout of the garden was devised, which included relocating the driveway farther away from the house and creating a new front garden. Several entertaining areas were added, including an outdoor kitchen on the upper terrace level, a business meeting area next to our client’s study, a terrace outside the indoor swimming pool and family entertaining space near the kitchen. A contemporary style all-weather metal pergola with log fireplace and relaxed seating was built in the back garden. The garden design had to give priority to areas for the children to play – the slope of the land was changed to provide flat ground for the trampoline, sports and a climbing frame.

Yew hedging separates different parts of the garden and new sawn stone paths connect each area. A wide York stone path leads through the new front garden to the main entrance door, which was given a beautiful Victorian style porch. The front garden was designed to reflect the history of the house, with a gothic style fountain and formal topiary planting. Elsewhere in the garden spaces were reserved for contemporary sculpture. A wide range of plants were installed. Pleached trees and mature evergreen shrubs were planted along the boundaries to improve privacy. Grasses and perennials line the driveway to soften its lines.




“Cherry is one of those rare individuals who is both highly creative and methodical. The garden Cherry created for us at our principle home in Esher is a little piece of paradise, uniquely capable of reviving the soul. Everywhere you look there is something of interest and beauty no matter what the season. Cherry’s unwavering professionalism, integrity and natural charm make the journey of creating your dream garden a pleasure. This is our second project with Cherry and we are about to embark on a third - a testament to her design flair, horticultural prowess, ability to interface with professional and contracting teams, and her client-for-life attitude.”

Mr and Mrs G.A., Esher, Surrey 2020