Nikki provided us with a very friendly enthusiast, professional and personalized service and was very easy to deal with. She was punctual and reliable. She listened to what we wanted, then produced an excellent design and planting plan, which we were able to fine tune with her.

The plants she ordered arrived on time. We were impressed by Emmy who assisted with the planting, she was friendly knowledgeable and full of ideas.

We are delighted with the end result, and have enjoyed watching the plants grow and develop. We appreciated her after care, and the fact she has been back to check on the garden progress.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Applewhite Garden Design to anyone. We hope they will continue to advise and assist us, with garden projects over the coming years.

Alan and Fiona Usher

Working with Nikki is a great experience, she has:
       • a lively imagination
       • a fantastic sense of colour
       • an immense capacity for hard work

With her help and determination we have together created what is for me an all year round paradise.

Dr Lisanne Radice

AGD showed a good understanding of our individual wants and not wants

  • The final design managed to blend together our differing tastes
  • There was good detail in the design
  • AGD incorporated a comprehensive planting list – which I liked.

Bernard Houghton

Nikki provided a very imaginative design for our challenging (garden) brief.

The planting and hard landscaping has created a wonderfully mature garden 3 years on.  We have been delighted with all aspects of her expertise; and especially her personal approach and sympathetic understanding of our particular requirements.

We have a garden, which is beautiful and very easy to maintain – perfection!

Dr Monica Wood

Nikki designed our small town garden from scratch.  The remit was: easy to care for and to help retain moisture. We used a lot of gravel and plants that weren’t too thirsty.  The Colour scheme was mostly blues and whites with late spring bulbs and plants that attracted bees and butterflies.

We are delighted with the result and Applewhite Garden Design was brilliant.  We would recommend them to anyone.

Rene and Gina Faber

When we decided to build a conservatory it became apparent that it would extend our house further back into the sloping garden and we realised that we would have to have a retaining wall to hold back the bank. To us this was a daunting prospect and we didn’t know how to tackle it. We certainly didn’t want to look out at a 6ft blank wall! We had spoken to several “experts” who all made proposals along the lines of stone/brick walls which, as our home is made entirely of wood, did not appeal to us. Then a friend recommended that we consult Nikki Applewhite and we are so glad that we did.

Nikki’s approach to the problem was so refreshingly different to any other. Not only did she suggest that we used wood instead of stone but she also pointed out that if we used wood longitudinally we would have a very geometric effect, Nikki’s design used the same timber vertically instead which not only gave great retaining strength but also allowed her to incorporate beautiful sweeping curves instead of straight lines and hard angles. Seems obvious doesn’t it? But no-one else thought of it! She then capped all this with an equally imaginative planting design, we had asked for all round interest and we certainly got it. For various reasons we had never previously been particularly enthusiastic gardeners but now our garden is a source of endless delight to us and (if there is such a thing) relatively easy to look after.

As if ideas such as this and her vast knowledge of her subject were not enough, Nikki brings with her unbounded and contagious enthusiasm and cheerfulness. We can (and frequently do) heartily recommend Nikki Applewhite to anyone who needs expert gardening advice.  

Mike and Maisie Nussey

The garden you designed for us gives me pleasure every day.  It flowers from Spring, Summer through to Autumn. We spend so much more time outside now, it is such a lovely, restful place to sit in.  It is the garden that just keeps on giving!

Thank you to Nikki, Emmy and Martin for giving us something so special.

Richard and Jo Clark

We have been delighted with the service we have received from Nikki & her team, with the re-planning of our garden.

She took great care to understand our requirements and produced plans to both provide screening and a great new look with much more interest and seasonal colours.

Applewhite Garden Design sourced and planted the trees, shrubs and plants to implement the designs and have stayed in touch to ensure everything remains healthy whilst becoming established.

We are very pleased with the end result, which has been a real improvement to our garden and enjoyed working with Nikki and her colleagues, who we continue to consult on further developments.

Tim and Sue Richmond

Nikki Applewhite is a highly skilled professional garden designer who maintains her gardens with an extraordinary skill, encompassing a wide range of horticultural knowledge with a keen eye for beauty, in the best tradition of English country house gardens. Her garden planting and arrangements take full account of the architectural features amidst which they are set and successfully integrate both formal and informal designs, which mutually complement one another. In addition to her work in decorative gardens, she is also highly accomplished in designing and managing kitchen gardens and fruit cages. Put succinctly, she is the ultimate mistress of garden design and management. 

Prof. Neil Kent

Expert and innovative design allied with good knowledge of plants and energetic work on site; hands on, no fuss!

Stuart and Julia Welch

Although I had some idea how I wanted my garden to look, I hadn’t the faintest idea how to achieve it. It needed to be manageable and not overly complicated. Nikki spent time finding the plants, colours and textures I liked and designed an imaginative garden that totally suits me. The quality of the plants provided was excellent and 8 years on, I have a garden that flourishes every year and gives me great pleasure. “My garden restores my soul”. Thank you.

Babs Ward

Nikki and her team have been brilliant, helping us to ‘masterplan’ our whole garden, so we can tackle it in ‘bit size’ chunks to create hard and soft landscape areas, and giving us ideas and confidence to remove overgrown areas (to give improved light and form) sensitively incorporating a new kitchen extension patio and tennis court into our existing mature garden. Many thanks.

Andy and Pippa Rymer

Applewhite Garden Design helped us re-design an old overgrown garden. We needed it to be low maintenance but to look good all year. Nikki listened to our wishes and designed just what we wanted. Interesting plants, trees and shrubs were chosen which all thrive in this area. Everything was ordered efficiently and plants were dug in with care. We are really delighted with the results.

Tim and Sally Kelway

Both Patsy and I enjoyed working with you on our garden project. You listened carefully and tailored the project to our needs. It was a very enjoyable experience and we are still enjoying it many years later.

Simon and Patsy Judge

Nikki listened to my ideas and we had a thoughtful discussion before any design work started.

Original garden had some interesting features and planting but looked uncoordinated and was not achieving its potential. AGD gave the garde a structure and enhanced the existing planting so it now looks balanced and settled.

Research on different fencing styles were undertaken and then a fencing contractor appointed. Contractor willing to follow the design brief.

Tree surgeon appointed to remove unwanted trees and drastically prune others. Nikki contacted by mobile as work proceeded so again decisions made and design followed correctly.

Sheila Crewe

Nikki and her team have redesigned our garden for us recently. They initially surveyed the garden in the pouring rain and from that listened to our thoughts and put them into the first draft. They then listened to the part of the design we liked and did not have any problem with us altering the parts we did not.Too many designers have one way of looking at things!

They came when they said they would and produced excellent plans when they said they would. You cannot ask for more.

Peter and Isobel Walker

Having been a customer of Nikki’s for over 10 years with a large collection of photos from the beginning, Nikki has without doubt transformed the existing garden and created a new one which we absolutely love.

Nikki’s attention to detail and ability to create a mirage of colours, shapes and all year-round flowering is a huge talent but also her initial questioning and finding out exactly what her clients are looking for is a massive part of her success!

The latest changes taking place right now are very exciting and we feel incredibly lucky to have Nikki at the helm guiding us through the changes.

Nikki’s knowledge of plants and trees is phenomenal, she is always able to make suggestions for tricky areas with low light or difficult soil types.

Tim & Lesley Bradshaw

We have no hesitation in recommending Applewhite Garden Design for the complete garden service from initial concept, through the design stage culminating in planting plan and action. It is five years since we established our new garden based on Nikki’s plan and implementation and we have been delighted with the result.

Michael and Jackie Scott

Nikki and her team are passionate about their gardening design and this makes the difference.

Excellent, passionate, caring and determined to get it right for the customer.

John & Jane Gibson