My client disliked the fact that there was no obvious front and back to the garden that surrounded their newly built traditionally styled property. The garden was a blank canvas with mature trees and a prominent perimeter fence, which made it feel smaller. They wanted to use the garden for relaxing and entertaining, for cooking outside, growing vegetables and fruit and to attract birds, butterflies and bees. They wanted sunny seating areas that conjured memories of holidays in the Mediterranean while preserving some of the established trees and increasing privacy from the neighbouring properties.
I designed a series of ‘garden rooms’ to meet the different needs the clients had of their plot; Kitchen Garden, Italianate Garden and terrace, Mediterranean Garden, Woodland and Winter Gardens and Formal Garden with rill. Seating areas make the most of the sun as it moves around the property; a circular summerhouse and stone terrace catch the evening sun and the Kitchen Garden is not only functional, with six raised beds for planting and an impressive Victorian-style glasshouse, but also attractive to sit in in the morning sun.
Eight manicured lawns set in a paved terrace, with a rill running through to a central pool, make up the Formal Garden. The Mediterranean Garden has a courtyard-feel being enclosed by brick walls, planting and a large wooden pergola planted with climbers to break up the view of neighbouring properties. A wooden gate connects the Mediterranean garden to the front garden, which is now enclosed by native hedgerow. A sweeping gravel drive leads to the Woodland garden, which is planted with shade loving plants under established lime trees that give height and structure; and the Winter Garden which features plants with bright stems, leaves and winter flowers to give year-round visual appeal.