The Minimalist Garden

Royal Wells Estate -Tunbridge Wells

The client requested a low maintenance garden as he was downsizing into a new build home from a larger house with a big garden. He wanted no lawn, and plants that would provide interest all year round with some seasonal changes that involved grasses. He wanted to feel private and enclosed without feeling the garden was small. He wanted an extension of his living space to provide a focus from the house and to replace a conservatory he'd had at his last home. A relaxing space to sit in and enjoy a gin and tonic!

The design of this garden provides a seamless transition from house to garden,the placement of the pleached trees provide an inner courtyard within a larger space. This garden has been designed to make the client feel peaceful, private and spacious. The client wanted to create a stylish and classically contemporary garden, he particularly wanted structured formal planting without too many ‘flowers’ which I considered in the design phase.The side passage entrance to the garden has a simple border with two acer trees,grasses and a large planter set between the trees to add another dimension to the planting. A beautiful shed finishes this area off.

The final result is an almost seamless continuation of the style and colour of the house into the garden.

The planting design for this garden has been shortlisted for an industry award by Pro landscaper.

Award ceremony was held in November 2018

Runner up in the Planting Design category


15th Century yeoman's Hall House in Tonbridge with a 5 acre site. Complete redevelopment over 5 years.

A  grade II listed building in Kent. A garden designed with maximum impact in its first season.Using a muted palette of colours amongst box balls and grasses to provide a garden for all seasons.

A major rejuvenation and design of a large town garden.Instant impact wanted by the client.


Berkeley Homes


Every inch of the plots are considered and used to maximise the clients enjoyment they will get from their garden. These gardens are 10 x 5 meters. Victoria designs this area to be an extra living and relaxing space which unfolds from the indoor space to the outdoors.

The clients have lived in Oman and travelled to Morrocco on more than one occasion and wanted a garden that embodied the feel of Marrakesh. They had a shed which they had bought and I had to incorporate this into the design, also a fountain from Morrocco. They wanted the garden to feel lush, inviting and to give their new house the WOW factor. They didn't want grass but happy to tend to any plants. The wanted a garden that was full of scent and colour in the summer months and still looked good throughout the colder months as the kitchen/diner opens out onto the garden. As you walk into the house this is a visible area hence them wanting the wow factor. Colour played a big role throughout the garden to bring the design to life. 

This garden has been shortlisted for an industry award by PRO LANDSCAPER .

“Small Project BIG IMPACT” Award

Award ceremony was held in November 2018

Delighted to have won this award for The Moroccan Garden!

Winner: Moroccan Garden, by Victoria Truman Landscape and Garden Design

Judges’ comments included: “Good design presentation, love this garden it has charm, warmth, atmosphere, maturity, vibrant colours and great plants. Lovely to see a warm welcoming garden of character.

“Very difficult to pull off a Moroccan garden in the UK and this is an excellent effort”.


Urban Outdoor Entertaining Space

Royal Wells Estate- Tunbridge Wells

The clients are based in overseas in Asia and wanted a low maintenance entertaining space to include dining and lounging areas with a fire table. Evergreen topiary with cloud trees were used as a nod to the clients connection with Asia. Cedar timber was used to clad the original fencing, a bespoke cedar wood pergola was built to cover the dining area to allow for privacy whilst dining.

Jasmine has been planted on each leg of the pergola so in time that will become a jasmine covered area,filled with scent in the summer months.

Lighting has been installed to extend the enjoyment of the garden into the evenings.

The lounge area sits behind a privacy screen on the other side of the pergola,a large comfortable L shaped sofa and a fire table complete this area. As urban gardens tend to be on constant view, I pay a great deal of attention to detail, using good quality materials and finishes. Garden lighting is a key feature.

Mediterranean Garden:

Royal Wells Estate- Tunbridge Wells

The clients brief was a mediterranean style garden, a stylish urban space with contemporary, elegant design using simple materials and formal low-maintenance planting to soften the architectural structure of the space. This garden was designed to maximise the outdoor space that leads directly off their kitchen diner, when the patio doors are open it was important that there was some continuum into the garden. this increases the space of the living area and becomes more of an outdoor room as well as a garden. Using a row of pleached trees increases the privacy within the garden. Porcelain encaustic cement tiled terrace increase the mediterranean feel in the garden,as does rendered raised beds filled with lavender and rosemary interspaced with evergreen ilex crenata topiary balls to add structure to the planting. Jasmine scrambling on the walls, eventually totally covering the brickwork so this will be a scent, filled haven in the summertime. Three specimen trees give the garden height,a sculptural feel and provide winter interest.

This garden was completed January 2019- photographed July 2019 6 months after implementing.

Urban Fireplace Garden

Royal Wells Estate- Tunbridge Wells

The clients had lived in New York and the brief was a Manhattan Roof terrace with an outdoor fireplace with space for the children to play. This was my 8th garden to be designed and built on the Royal Wells Estate in Tunbridge Wells and the teams first fireplace!

Garden completed July 2019

Grey Green Garden

Royal Wells Estate- Tunbridge Wells

The clients downsized from a large property with a large garden to a house with a small garden on the Royal Wells Estate in Tunbridge Wells.They envisioned the garden as a space that would become an extension of the house ,another living space to enjoy together and with friends. The style of the garden is simple with all areas considered. The hard landscaping acts as a bold and modern backdrop for the exuberant planting. As the garden is viewed all year round it was equally important that evergreen structural plants were used to underpin the whole planting scheme. Privacy, seclusion, relaxing and and a space to entertain with the exterior blending with the interior.

Garden completed December 2018

This garden has been shortlisted for an industry award by PRO LANDSCAPER .

“Small Project BIG IMPACT” Award 2019

The Courtyard Garden

This space was to blend harmoniously with the interior designed town house which is a palette of soft blues and creams. The brick wall at the rear, although providing privacy also took the eye so my challenge was to bring the eye back into the garden whilst providing a feeling of seclusion and relaxation. This was achieved by bringing height, movement and a bubbling water feature into the space. The lush planting will fill out over time, and the fences will be covered with jasmine and white rambling roses filling the garden with scent and blooms all summer long. To minimise the impact of the wall I have chosen Betula utilis jacquemontii 'Doorenbos' with it’s crisp white bark which almost glows on a cold winter’s day and is shown to full effect in this multi stem form. The white bark is the star of the show, but 'Doorenbos' also features catkins in spring and an open canopy of foliage that casts pleasant dappled shade and turns golden yellow in autumn. Patterned tiles are used as a fun and effective way to introduce pattern and texture near the house, extending the living space from the inside out.

Garden Completed July 2019

The Olive Tree Garden

The clients requested to use the limited space as productively as possible with the need to keep a play area free for the children and an entertaining area for the adults faux grass was used with raised borders which house striking agapanthus with rosemary, lavender and thyme which provides the underplanting for the sculptural, aged olive tree. The tree is the main focal point of the garden and gives the space the wow factor. A row of evergreen pleached trees aid privacy and seclusion within the garden shielding the clients from the houses that overlook. Evergreen jasmine scrambles over the dark grey fencing which matches in with the paving and becomes an extension of the kitchen diner, extending the family’s living and entertaining space.

This garden was recently completed in July 2019.