This small south-west facing garden comprised a section of unloved lawn and some York paving. The existing shrubs were overgrown and the clients felt it had become cluttered. They wanted to make the most of the space and the sun in the garden. They also wanted to create a comfortable dining area.
Working with landscapers Danscape Gardens, we retained and repointed the existing York stone, enlarging the area so as to fit a generous L-shaped bench, then created a ‘boardwalk’ of Red Western Cedar through the garden, alongside a generous planting area of loose grasses and meadow style perennials punctuated with clipped cubes of box. The existing evergreen hedging was retained and neatly clipped to form two green panels either side of a trellis planted with clematis and akebia quinata with a small area for the barbecue. A step up takes you to a shadier area under the silver birch tree for lounging among cool forest grasses and hydrangeas.
Two handsome olive trees underplanted with lavender provide scent and a Mediterranean atmosphere next to the dining area, along with a white climbing rose trained up the fence.
The existing shed was turned 90 degrees to increase enough space on the raised back deck for loungers and a metal fire basket and a contemporary horizontal screen of painted timber erected in front of it, planted with variegated Virginia creeper for stunning autumn colour. The existing lattice trellis was concealed by horizontal slatted fence panels painted a soft pale grey.
‘We love the garden!’ Chris and Katie