Ula Maria

is a garden and landscape designer based in London, specialising in creating distinctive outdoor spaces for private and commercial clients in the UK and overseas.

Ula has an innate connection with nature originating from her childhood spent in her family's countryside home, surrounded by rural Lithuanian landscape - wildflower meadows, pine forests, wild streams, and rivers. Ula's favourite gardens are those infused with ideas about time memories, and connections. They have the power to evoke an emotional response; spaces that might make one feel either a sense of comforting familiarity or the opposite - otherworldliness.

Ula believes there's an art in occupying a space and creating a garden in an authentic and organic way. The most effortless looking space is often a result of a complex design process where every detail has been carefully considered and intricate ideas refined to their purest expressions. Ula finds such spaces often to be a combination of embracing the genius loci whilst incorporating glimpses into one's formative landscape, where the garden has a deep-rooted connection to the surrounding context but tells a story of its current owner at the same time.

Ula's formative landscape

Great-grandparents' tulip nursery
Wildflower meadows
Wild strawberries
Pine forest
Cold river
Grandmother's cottage garden

Experience & Awards

Ula attended the School of Fine Arts in Lithuania which influenced the use of composition, colour and texture in her work, combining architecture and plant life. Ula moved to England in 2008 to study 3D Design and later on gained BA(Hons) and MA degrees in Landscape Architecture at Birmingham City University. She worked for several Landscape Architecture practices prior to establishing Ula Maria Studio in 2017.

Shenzhen Flower Show Gold Medal 2020
RHS Young Designer of the Year 2017
RHS Gold Medal 2017
RHS Best in Category 2018
RHS Silver-Gilt Medal 2018
Landscape Institute's 'John Knight MA award' 2016
MA Landscape Architecture 2016
Landscape Institute's 'John Knight Ba award'
BA(Hons) Landscape Architecture 2014


Architectural Digest

These Are the Rising British Landscape Designers You Need to Know

Partnership Editions

69/ The Tastemaker: Ula Maria

Country & Town House

In the garden with… Ula Maria 


Expert advice: How to design an urban garden


How to green up workplaces, by the RHS Young Designer 2017


A small east London garden with a characterful and relaxed design by Ula Maria


‘I looked at kale, peppers and tomatoes and fell in love’: gardening’s young stars 


Garden Visit: A Verdant Courtyard in Lithuania 


How to design your dream garden (regardless of space) with help from an expert 

gardens illustrated

Ula Maria's garden of childhood memories 

the times

Meet the plantfluencers shaking up our gardens and balconies 


Inspiring female garden designers in British history