Welcome to Plums & Roses Garden Design

Sharing your passion for beauty, joy and inspiration in your garden


Plums & Roses Garden Design is a small, professional gardening firm based in Portsmouth, providing expert, specialist services in design, landscaping and maintenance to produce and sustain wonderful planting schemes for year-round beauty and interest.


I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses, and with eglantine


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tom‘Plums & Roses’ was established as a specialist garden design and maintenance business in 2007 by Tom Stilwell.

Prior to this, Tom achieved a National Certificate in Horticulture and Garden Design, worked for several years on a large country estate in Hampshire learning the arts of gardening with the Head Gardener, and then for a Chelsea Flower Show award-winning landscape and design company before running his own business as a professional gardener.

He has also been a teacher in Dorset and Spain and brings to his work his love of nature and the outdoors.

The business is based in Portsmouth, Hampshire and also operates in West Sussex and the South Downs.

Tom works closely with a team of skilled associates according to the needs of any given project.

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Why Plums and Roses

With a passion for plants and an artistic vision, ‘Plums & Roses’ wants to give you the very best in terms of year-round beauty and interest so you will love your garden.

Many important factors need to be considered when designing a planting scheme for a garden. These could include colour combinations, scent, shape, form, texture, type of soil, aspect and condition of site, plant habit, spacing of plants, flowering seasons, maintenance requirements, understanding the difference between the cultivars of any given plant, acquiring quality plants that are good in size and value from reputable suppliers. The list could go on…

Plums & Roses has done wonders to our garden and we are thrilled! Tom planned, prepared and planted our borders after our own attempts failed. Within a couple of months we were enjoying a garden transformed and now have colour and structure throughout the year.”

Tim and Clarissa Lodge – Hampshire

With proper qualifications and training, and expertise, based on years of ‘hands-on’ gardening experience, ‘Plums & Roses’ can be sensitive to all these important considerations as well as your own likes and dislikes whilst creating a beautiful, unique design for your garden. We also have the knowledge and experience to provide expert services in training, pruning, renovating and managing all garden plants.

Being a small, friendly and caring enterprise, ‘Plums & Roses’ offers a personal touch combined with high quality and professionalism. We strongly value ongoing, lasting relationships with all our clients.

Thanks for all you do, our garden looks stunning! ”

Christopher and Annie Oulton – Hampshire