A Sun Trap

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This small corner of a garden is typical of many, dominated by the neighbour’s hedge and an oil tank. The owner wanted to improve the view from the conservatory and create an evening seating area with space for a BBQ and wood store.

The design screens off the neighbour’s hedge with a new fence. This doglegs around the oil tank leaving space to store the BBQ, and creating a wood store. Constructed with wide horizontal boards, the fence is painted dark grey to highlight the planting in front. A raised bed at the back of the garden reduces the dominance of the fence and creates additional soil depth in the part of the garden most affected by the roots of the hedge. Part of the raised bed creates a back to a built-in bench.

A small sandstone patio positioned to catch the evening sun is large enough for a bistro table and two chairs. A drilled sandstone sphere bubble fountain is surrounded with cobbles and positioned to be visible from the patio and bench.

A gravel path winds through the space, linking the new garden to the existing patio and lawn. Sett detailing links the areas together and creates a pattern of repeating squares with the patio and raised beds.

Garden area: 60m2 (excluding existing patio)
Location: Beeston, Norfolk, PE32
Construction & planting: IFC Landscapes Ltd.
Drilled sandstone sphere water feature supplied by Foras.
Specimen multi-stem Amelanchier lamarckii supplied by The Romantic Garden Nursery.
Pictures taken 5 months after completion.

For more on this garden, including the progress of the build, pop over to the blog.
 


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