Budget : £150,000
Brief : The clients existing garden had no real feature or points of interest, It is situated in a semi rural setting, and dominated by a veteran weeping willow tree. The garden was badly drained and permanently held water. There was no planting, and the lawns were 90% soggy mass and uneven.
The design needed to provide interest, seating, socializing spaces, and be able to accommodate large parties. The style of garden was to me minimal and modern with clean lines. The garden needed to be easily maintained and have to be able to stand up to the open rural aspect.
Importantly the garden also needs to compliment the wider rural landscape, and not contrast in a way that it does not suit being next to agricultural fields and natural tree planting.
Design features include stainless steel rill, hot tub with wrap around deck and steps, sunken fire pit with circular seating, LED strip lighting, pleeched trees for screening. We also used clipped box balls of various sized to create a dramatic planting bed of cloud like forms, mixed with Alliums, and black Ophiopogan grasses. These areas are set of with the use of local walling stone to create feature walls and retaining walls, allowing us to control the gardens levels and create interest. The use of local stone allows the garden to compliment the wider landscape.