The Contemporary Town Garden

The clients had recently extended their living space and beyond this had added a canopy to enable them to sit outside yet still be protected from showers. The style was industrial and modern, using grey bifold doors and posts, with wood cladding and decorative lighting on the canopy wall.

With the exception of one high herb bed next to the windows, near the house we installed low raised planting beds bounded by railway sleepers similar in hue to the canopy wall. This draws the eye out to the garden where the paving we used was a light, modern porcelain that balances the dark green of the hedge. The fence on the other side was painted grey to match the door frames and the canopy posts. In addition to the seating area near the house, there is a space for a hanging chair halfway down the path, and two sun chairs at the end of the garden to make the most of the day-long sunshine in that corner. The long evergreen hedge is broken up by louvred fencing panels that pick out the colour of the sleepers.

Amongst the shaped box and herbaceous shrubs in the low planting beds, a Magnolia stellata will produce white flowers in springtime. Next to a north facing wall Garrya eliptica and Sarcococca confusa help provide year-round interest with their catkins and winter flowers while crab apple trees and three upright plum yews will add height opposite the tall hedge. The colour scheme is white and purple with fiery bursts of orange, particularly in the spring when the orange tulips will make an appearance. After the garden was completed we were thrilled to hear that our clients had discovered a new enthusiasm for gardening, finding it both peaceful and energising, and delighted that the herb bed had revitalised their love of cooking.