The vernacular architecture in the counties of Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, Wiltshire and Bristol is distinguished by the character of the local stone. For the more traditional gardens, Jill uses local materials and cottage garden planting, which help the house to blend in with its surroundings.
Originally from the part of Surrey where Gertrude Jekyll created most of her gardens, Jill has a strong empathy for the work of the great artist and plantswoman. Both artists design their planting as if they were painting with watercolours. Different shapes and textures of leaves are woven between the flowers, whose colours are carefully balanced throughout the borders. However, unlike a painting, the images created change from one season to the next.