A Terraced Garden

A low maintenance garden behind a terrace house in Aylsham
Box balls and gravel paths around a contemporary styled bird bath in Aylsham, Norfolk.
A limestone patio edged with blue bricks
Limestone terace with raised bed and frog water feature
Contemporary black bird bath with twisted pedestal
View from limestone terrace down garden and over fields
Bare 'garden' behind a new build terrace in Aylsham before redesign by Sue Bell Garden Design.
Bare 'garden' behind a 3-storey townhouse
A low maintenance garden behind a terrace house in Aylsham
Box balls and gravel paths around a contemporary styled bird bath in Aylsham, Norfolk.
A limestone patio edged with blue bricks
Limestone terace with raised bed and frog water feature
Contemporary black bird bath with twisted pedestal
View from limestone terrace down garden and over fields
Bare 'garden' behind a new build terrace in Aylsham before redesign by Sue Bell Garden Design.
Bare 'garden' behind a 3-storey townhouse

This long, narrow townhouse garden was a blank canvas. The client wanted to create an easy-care garden that retained views of the countryside beyond. The mature oak in the neighbour’s garden was the subject of a Tree Preservation Order (TPO), so special consideration had to be given to protecting its roots and overhanging canopy.

The design utilised the gentle slope to terrace the garden and create three distinct areas. The upper terrace of polished limestone is the main seating area. The raised bed on one side hides a reservoir that feeds a small cascading water feature. The middle terrace contains a specimen tree to add some height, and the main focal point of the garden – a terrazzo birdbath. The lower terrace provides access to the back gate and has a bench under the canopy of the oak tree with a view back up the garden. Two sections of yew hedge will, in time, hide the bins and the gate.

A drip irrigation system was installed to the specimen tree and yew hedge. On a timer with a pressure reducer this complies with the current exemption from Anglian Water, so can be used during a drought.

Garden area: 70m2
Location: Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11
Construction: IFC Landscapes Ltd.
Specimen Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Robin Hill’ supplied by The Romantic Garden Nursery.
Terrazzo bird bath supplied by John Lewis.
Tree frog water feature mask supplied by Haddonstone.
Pictures taken on completion.

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