An experienced landscape architect/garden designer with local plant knowledge

Patricia Shears BA (Hons), Dip LA, MLI is a landscape architect and garden designer who has been creating gardens and landscapes for thirty years. She has lived on the Dordogne/Lot border in France for the past twelve years.

“My aim is to create beautiful gardens to complement the house and its setting in the local landscape – gardens that are sustainable, ecologically sensitive and easy to maintain.

Extensive plant knowledge and a respect for biodiversity help me to tailor designs and advice so that your garden dreams are achievable in the local climate and landscape. Wildflower meadows, ‘new wave’ perennial gardens, Mediterranean-style gravel gardens, restrained French simplicity or English floral exuberance – all can be designed and created to suit your personality and your purse.”

Hot colours enliven the cool blues of this poolside gardenThe large furry leaves of this Salvia are as dramatic as its candelabra flower spikesThe simple formality of the design controls the exuberance of this drought-tolerant planting Drought tolerant plants keep this garden in flower from spring to autumnAmmi majus is an easy, attractive annual for the wilder gardenLow mounds of Santolina and lavender contrast with the spikes of Iris leaves and SisyrinchiumMeadow plantings of ox-eye daisy and Salvia pratensis need only one annual hay cutGreen gardens can be lush and dramaticL. stoechas, with its fascinating topknot, flowers in late spring