The fundamental principle underlying Sandra's design philosophy is an emphasis on using plants for structure in a garden, rather than relying merely on hard landscaping to achieve structure. Planting design is an important component of her work.
To this end, it can be useful to create 'rooms' in a garden, to arrange points where unexpected vistas emerge, perhaps to borrow elements of a neighbouring landscape, or to discover a special plant or ornamental feature. These are all ways of manipulating space in a garden, and can be applied to courtyards as well as to larger gardens.
Creating garden rooms is also a way of highlighting different parts of a garden for different seasons, or just different times of day.
Manipulating space (and terrain) is a challenge that Sandra particularly enjoys!
As well as being aesthetically pleasing, a garden should be both therapeutic and sustainable.
Whilst Sandra designs in numerous styles, according to her clients' preferences - Traditional European, Native, Japanese-inspired, French Provincial / Mediterranean - the principles outlined above are always applicable.