The property now
The property is a detached house on an established housing estate with mature gardens and trees. The garden is wedge-shaped, running approximately south-south-east from the house and narrowing to less than 4m at the end. It’s split in to three sections with two lawns and a woodland area set behind a trellis screen. The total garden area is approximately 250m2.
A recently installed limestone patio and an existing water feature are to be retained in the new design.
The clients wanted a more contemporary design based on geometric shapes and straight lines. The main requirements were:
- a separate seating area for evening sun,
- a vegetable area,
- to retain some lawn (but less than now), and
- planting to attract birds.
They also wanted to retain the shed and as many of the trees as possible.
The proposed garden layout
The new design takes the angle of the existing patio as a starting point and zig-zags down the garden.
A large section at the end of the garden was hidden behind the trellis, so this has been removed to bring the woodland in to the garden. The two existing silver birch trees are joined by four more and under-planted with crisp evergreen cubes (e.g. yew) and a contrasting tapestry of ferns and other woodland plants.
The shed is moved to the very end of the garden and screened with a feature wall or fence. This will be painted either a bright or dark colour to highlight the planting and show up the bark of the birch trees. An ornamental screen or other art work is hung on the fence/gate directly in view from the kitchen window.
The formal garden
Near the house the first lawn is re-shaped and framed with low, evergreen, hedging and flower borders. A bench on the lawn under the cherry tree is positioned to view a deep border planting which screens off the productive area.
On the existing patio, the raised herb bed and water feature is given a new lease of life with coloured render walls and a new dark grey coping. The lion mask will be replaced with a more contemporary water blade.
The evening terrace
The second lawn is replaced by a new evening terrace oriented to view the woodland and framed by four new trees and border planting. The paving stone matches the existing patio but is laid in a contemporary, coursed, pattern.
A small productive area is tucked away behind generous border planting and evergreen hedges.
A composite deckboard walkway zig-zags through the garden linking the areas together.
Just one of the existing trees is removed; we’ll be planting eight new ones, so I hope I can be forgiven?
Always check with your Local Planning Authority before removing or doing any work on trees as permission is needed in some circumstances.