We inherited a difficult, sloping site with no existing garden, in a conservation area. After carrying out a full professional survey, Jo came up with a design that included significant hard landscaping, including two long retaining walls, terrace areas and steps, two informal ponds, decking, a large lawn area and borders which blend with an existing mature woodland. There is also a greenhouse and vegetable garden. We implemented the hard landscaping (which worked flawlessly from the drawings and sections Jo provided) and asked Jo to provide planting plans for each of the six major areas, with a particular emphasis on being wildlife friendly.Continue reading »
We have often remarked on how lucky we were to find someone like Jo with the imagination and experience to see how our site could be moulded to sit within the surrounding landscape so successfully, and yet still be mindful of the practicalities of the site and our day to day usage.
Dave & Judy Wilkinson – Winscombe Somerset 2008
Jo worked on a complete scheme for us including all aspects the hard landscaping and planting.
Jo’s thoughtful and carefully considered approach, coupled with attentive listening to our requirements helped to ensure we got exactly what we were looking for.
Julian Dobson – Moorend Gloucestershire 2009
We live on a busy street and passers-by often remark on how pretty it is.
The garden has matured beautifully over the years, requiring little maintenance and was recently pictured in a local magazine as a great example of how to design an urban front garden.
Gilly Macmillan – Cotham Bristol 2009
Jo designed the front and back gardens of our house and did a wonderfully creative job, taking into account some older landscaping and freshening up the whole look.
I often get compliments on the front design from passers by. He combines practicality with skilful design that works very well.
Annemarie Caracciolo – Bishopston Bristol 2010
Jo was great to work with. He took our brief and created designs that perfectly suit us and the space.
It has given us an extra room for our house and perhaps the one we enjoy the most.
We really are so happy with both the back and front gardens.
Peter and Kate Bacon – Westbury Park Bristol 2011
It was a pleasure to work with Jo on the design for our garden in Bath.
The results were incredible – we still get lots of compliments on how lovely the garden looks and the plants supplied were really good quality.
All our shrubs and perennials are still strong and healthy after six years in the ground.
Celia Raftery – Bath 2012
We moved into a house that had a hill for a back garden and a small nondescript space at the front. We needed areas for three young kids, as well as some adult space and a place to park cars at the front (but not a car park!).
Jo’s design is fantastic. The back garden is split into several zones with hard landscaping, a lovely decked area, a small water feature and importantly a level area for play. Jo’s design has embraced the contours of the garden and has seamlessly incorporated them into the layout.Continue reading »
Phil Davies – Stoke Bishop Bristol 2013
We were absolutely delighted with the design created by blueprint for our old watermill garden.
After completing the site survey Jo created a stunning design including seating areas in sunny spots in the garden, steps linking the different levels and a deck next to the mill stream.
Jo also assisted us with the planting, choice of materials and implementation. We are delighted with the results and now have a beautiful garden we can enjoy with our family and friends.
Kate Richards – Falfield Gloucestershire 2014
I first contacted blueprint to produce a landscape design and planting scheme for the gardens of the bungalow where my elderly parents were living. Both parents were in their late 80s with very limited mobility and were also suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Jo visited the site to discussed our needs and proposed a design that would encourage my parents to spend time outside and explore the garden .The designs he came up with were absolutely perfect. The back layout incorporated a number of interesting seating areas with different views and curved but level paths to provide access around the garden. It also included some of my mother’s own primitive sculptures.Continue reading »
The designs for the front garden were equally appropriate, green and attractive with a pretty lawn, trees, flowerbeds and a further seating area, while including a driveway and turning area, It definitely improved the bungalow’s kerb appeal and made it look loved and welcoming.
I feel the garden Jo designed for my parents massively improved their quality of life in their final years and I will always be very grateful for that. They gained a great deal of pleasure from the garden when both inside the bungalow and outside. My husband and I are currently living at the bungalow and still love the garden design. Even though our needs are a bit different, the garden still feels like a magical space, a great place to sit outside, share a meal with family or play with small grandchildren.
Sally McCarthy – Clevedon 2015
Having worked very hard to refurbish our Victorian house we wanted an attractive garden to finish it all off. We had some ideas but needed guidance and we asked Jo to design a layout for the garden. What he produced was outstanding. We have even put up one of his drawings in our hallway leading to the garden. We also asked him to produce a planting plan as this was definitely an area of weakness on our part. We discussed our likes/dislikes in terms of colours, textures and really thought things through in great detail. We have ended up with a fantastic outdoor space. I cannot thank Jo enough for what he has produced and for helping us create our lovely garden.
Isadora Stathers – Clevedon 2016
We had completed some major works to our house in Chew Magna which had left the garden in poor condition and devoid of any interesting features. Having tried, and failed, to produce a scheme on our own we decided to take expert advice and contacted Jo. We could not have been more pleased with the outcome. He interpreted our aspirations well and produced a series of imaginative options which were developed into a final scheme and duly implemented. The garden gave us a huge amount of pleasure for ten years and was a major element in achieving a rapid sale when we recently decided to move to a smaller house.Continue reading »
Adrian and Cynthia Miller – Stanton Drew Somerset 2016
Jo was an inspiration in working with us on the complete transformation of our garden.
The result far exceeded our expectations, it is a space that brings us joy every day and is used by the whole family.
The garden is our haven and is coming into bloom again this year with a great flourish.
Phil and Catherine Wolfenden – Stoke Bishop Bristol 2016
Jo at blueprint design was absolutely brilliant. He took our ideas on board and persuaded us to make some changes that turned out to be the making of the garden.
Everything in his design worked perfectly, the planting scheme, the shapes, the features and he also worked very well with the landscapers, making sure everything was built exactly accord-ing to the plan.
He transformed the space and everyone who sees it is hugely impressed.
Stuart Wood – St Andrews Bristol 2017
I thought long and hard about whether to commission Blueprint Landscape Design to help us redesign our small back garden. We wanted to create a new patio and seating area from what had been lawn. It was a straight forward job and I wasn’t sure we really need a designer’s help to do this? However, I cannot tell you how glad I am that we invested in Jo’s help. He listened to and understood our brief and the carefully considered design interventions he proposed have transformed the whole look and feel of our garden. A small investment in good design has added so much value. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him. It was definitely money well spent.
Jane Willis – Bishopston Bristol 2017
I recommended blueprint to both our daughters and also to my husband’s place of work and Jo has since designed gardens for all of them. Jo is particularly good at finding out and understanding each client’s needs and does not just impose standard designs. One of our daughter’s wanted a romantic design to compliment her Victorian house and Jo came up with a design that matched the planting to our daughter’s wedding bouquet, which we all thought was a lovely touch. Our other daughter wanted a more modern look in the back garden with play areas for children and a design for the small front garden.Continue reading »
Sally McCarthy – Clevedon 2017
Jo’s design for our garden is stunning. Sympathetic with original features, the planting in all areas has thrived and matured beautifully.
He has an amazing eye and talent for colour, texture and shape. He was happy to design the hard landscaping and planting in phases as our budget allowed and gave us great advice and support throughout the project over the last couple of years. I have no hesitation in recommending his expertise.
Emma De Winton – Stapleton Bristol 2018
Both Jo’s hard and soft landscaping skills are integral to the success of my up market holiday let business.
I use interior designers to get the inside of my cottages looking stunning and for me it is equally important to get the gardens and surroundings to have the wow factor and they certainly do.
Robert Symons – St Issey Cornwall 2018
Jo’s impressive ability to understand his client’s perspective and his creative flair equip him well in designing a garden that more than meets expectations. He has a wonderful eye for shape and form, as much as for planting. In our case he came up with an imaginative plan that turned what was effectively a concrete car park into a beautiful garden with a winding path for wheelchair access. After two years the garden is a delight and has been admired by numerous visitors. When an adjacent plot of land became available recently, Jo came up with a further design connecting it to the original garden.Continue reading »
We have come to trust Jo’s vision wholeheartedly. The excellent quality of his work is a result of his listening carefully to his client’s wishes and preferences, his imagination, attention to detail and very substantial knowledge and experience. Having Jo keep an eye on the work in progress rather than just leaving it to the contractor to implement his design has also proved extremely worthwhile. Jo is a friendly and understanding professional to work with and we could not recommend him more strongly.
Gareth and Corrine Rees – Clifton Bristol 2018
Jo totally grasped my very vague vision of having a low-maintenance, minimalist, but striking design in my small, urban patio area. He was great on detail and knew where to go for pots and furniture too, delivering one beautiful, complete package from start to finish to this very non-green-fingered (and somewhat lazy) client!
He really cares about his work and is scrupulous in delivering a first class job. Jo is an amazing designer, brilliantly creative and lovely to work with. He’s straightforward, does what he says he’ll do and doesn’t cut any corners. An all-round top-person, I felt very lucky to have found him.
Alex Rotas – Clifton Bristol 2019
We recently bought a house in Bristol which had a large steep garden overgrown with conifers and decided that it needed a complete make-over. Jo worked with us to design a large patio area, water feature, several flights of steps and various seating areas that have transformed the entire space. He also provided detailed planting plans and has recommended excellent contractors for hard landscaping and tree work.
We were able to carry out part of the work ourselves, including the planting. Some of the newly planted trees and shrubs will take a while to achieve their full impact, but already after just a few months we are enjoying lovely displays of foxgloves, lavender and pittosporum. The whole family has really enjoyed the new patio area surrounded by raised beds of planting. We are very happy with the finished result.
Paul & Sara Jackson – Stoke Bishop Bristol 2019
Thank you again for all that you’ve done, you’ve definitely understood our taste and we’re delighted with our new garden. Don has done a great job with the construction, so thank you for sending him our way and we’re now looking forward to getting all the plants in to really finish it off. We will definitely be recommending you (and Don) to others.
Mark & Charlotte Davies – Portishead 2020
Whilst fortunate to have a lovely-sized space and having an overall vision of how it would be used, there were a lot of blanks and I was at a loss as to how to make it happen.
Jo has been personable and professional from start to finish, transforming my loose ideas into exactly what I’d hoped for. His creativity and attention to detail in the design phase addressed the physical challenges whilst making even more space than I thought possible and ensured a seamless transition into the construction itself. He also checked in throughout the build phase, further illustrating his commitment to the project.
I am thrilled with the result and look forward to enjoying my outdoor room for years to come.
Pamela Moline – Redland Bristol 2020