The clients for this project were looking for a complete redesign of their outdoor space to complement the expanded footprint of their home following the building of a large new extension. They wanted a garden with a variety of spaces which they could enjoy throughout the day and use for entertaining. They also wished to retain a number of Acer trees and other shrubs within the redesigned planting scheme.
Inspiration for the design was derived from a number of the property’s existing features. The overall plan is based around clean geometric lines creating a contemporary feel consistent with the architecture of the clients’ home. This is set at an angle of 45 degrees in order to make the garden appear larger. A series of raised planters are included to balance the scale of the new extension and the dominance of other surrounding properties. The chosen colour scheme mirrors warm, cinnamon tones included in the design of the house interior and replicated both in materials and planting. Taking the existing Acer as a starting point the planting scheme is given a Japanese twist.
The completed garden is constructed on different levels and with planters of a variety of heights creating a range of garden zones. Porcelain paving alongside the textured fibreglass planters, and the risers and treads of steps in contrasting shades of dark and light, create a clean and modern backdrop. A beautifully designed Corten steel decorative screen is incorporated and complemented by drainage grates in the same material. The planting is designed to deliver year-round interest through the incorporation of trees, shrubs and grasses which provide strong structure. Spring flowering bulbs such as Crocus and Snowdrops bring the garden bursting to life early in the year, followed by a long season of diverse flowering perennials from Agapanthus to Veronica.
This transformed space is now used throughout the day: for outdoor dining at breakfast, lunch and dinner; a quiet moment with a cup of tea; as well as for entertaining friends over a glass of wine in the evening.