Meet Tonbridge garden designer Victoria Trueman

PUBLISHED: 14:00 10 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:00 10 January 2014

Victoria Trueman's home garden

Victoria Trueman's home garden


Find inspiration for your garden in 2014

January is a great time to 
plan ahead for the coming 
year. Maybe you are thinking 
of revamping an area, 
refreshing planting or having a totally new design created this year?

Calling in a local garden designer 
may be just what you need to clarify 
your thoughts and to get the most out 
of the garden, with their honed ability 
to create a cohesive whole.

Victoria Truman graduated in 2012 
from the prestigious English Gardening School in Chelsea, under the guidance 
of its principal, the renowned gardening guru Rosemary Alexander.

Vicky is already making an impression with her delicate planting within a strong framework. “I love living and working in Kent, the Garden of England, and have enjoyed gardening since childhood.

“My passion for landscapes and my 
real thirst for more knowledge involving designs and designing really led me to becoming a garden designer,” she explains.

I came across Vicky’s work at last 
year’s centenary RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, where she and fellow graduate Liz Rentzsch designed a 
truly lovely garden entitled Hot Stuff.

Colour, texture and movement encapsulated their vision and, delving deeper, there was a careful consideration 
in selecting a palette of plants with bee 
and wildlife communities in mind.

“We wanted to encourage visitors 
to the Flower Show to create fresh and environmentally conscious planting schemes back at home,” says Vicky.

The show garden consisted of a cobbled path leading to a simple circular terrace.

This was enclosed with a living pergola 
of five Sorbus aria and intertwined with 
an eyecatching textural meld of colours that drew inspiration from Great Dixter’s sub-tropical garden.

Spires of burnt orange Eremurus ‘Cleopatra’ and Digitalis ferruginea with terracotta achillea were enlivened by exciting splashes of luminous citrus dahlias, purple and mauve scabious 
and intensely carmine crocosmia.

“It was a big bite of the RHS apple and we got a Silver medal, which was a thrilling achievement first time out,” says Vicky.

“It was fully funded by myself as 
I wanted to prove that I had attention 
to detail and the ability to build a show-worthy garden in just 10 days.”

Her home garden also displays the 
style she brings to projects, with its 
strong structural backdrop infilled 
with texture and colour, repeating 
plants that do well and attract wildlife.

She has opened up the landscape, pushed boundaries back, defined areas in the five-acres that link together, allowing the garden to flow out from the house.

Vicky adds: “I planted a row of 
five Prunus serrula underplanted with Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hamelin’. 
This is a typical design of mine: low maintenance combined with high impact.

As well as the elements of the site, working closely with clients to ensure they get a garden they will enjoy and want to spend time in is important for Vicky.

“I start with an initial client-led consultation and then start with the 
design process based on the client’s 
vision for their garden. It can be difficult 
to visualise how your garden could look and to work out where to put features 
and plants for best effect,” she says.

“I am there to help do that by listening 
to requirements and ideas and turning them into reality. After the garden is completed I set up a maintenance programme which they can follow. I am happy to also do a twice-yearly visit.” n


Victoria Truman Landscape and Garden Design

Tonbridge TN11 9BE

01732 355 100

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