About Us

Based in south east London, Michael Coley Garden Design is a vibrant landscaping studio that creates urban gardens that have year-round interest and reflect city life. Michael provides a full design service, working with trusted local contractors to help you get the best out of your outdoor space.

What services do you provide?

Garden and Landscape Design

How would you describe your style?

"My style is clean and contemporary. I have a love for naturalistic planting with a touch of contrasting structure. Using interesting and new materials is important to me - I believe that whilst it's easy to stick with what you know, it's great to experiment and push boundaries. At the heart of any good garden are two things: practicality and creativity, and I hope to include both those things is everything I do."

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

"I recently completed a front and rear garden for a house in a conservation area in Brockley, south-east London. The clients had recently completed the house renovation, and wanted a garden that would complement their new home. 

The rear garden is on two levels: firstly you step out into a seating area that features minimalist pergola, whilst large format porcelain tiles form the back bone of the garden contrasted by reclaimed Lodnon stock bricks, which give a nod to the house and surrounding walls. The retaining wall is clad with stack-bonded LSB, giving a new twist to an old material. The planting consists of pleached Carpinus for privacy and structure, and multi-stemmed sorbus give texture and height to the borders in the upper area of the garden. The lower planting includes domed Pittosporum combined with softer grasses and mixed perennials. The upper area features a large dining area, flanked by down-lighting and a fire pit area sectioned off by planting and surrounded by a low decorative wall, with the floor covered in LSB. 

The front garden is a far more traditional affair, featuring a Victorian tiled path and reclaimed London stock wall with new bespoke gate. The planning is formal, with clipped hedging and a Corus Kusa as a focal point."