A brick edged stone terrace by the house echoes and compliments the shape and materials of the building. A number of planting pockets across the terrace soften the stone and a small water feature allows the family to enjoy the sound of splashing water while they sit and relax. A curved stone path leads you down some steps, through swathes of naturalistic planting to a circular seating area with a central pond adjacent to a large curved lawn edged with stones set into the grass. The path leads you round the lawn to a further seating area under the shade of a pergola covered in fragrant climbing plants. From here access is provided to the shed and compost bins via a curved stone path.
A combination of evergreen and deciduous trees provide structure to the planting scheme. Ornamental, pruned Yew trees with their dark green foliage create a great backdrop to the beautiful white stems of the Himalayan Birch trees and will look spectacular throughout the year. The tall, pencil-like form of the Court Yew along with spheres of Box provide further structure to the planting and contrast beautifully with the grasses and perennials which create a very naturalistic style to the garden. Fragrant Thyme plants are set into the planting pockets on the terrace and are dotted throughout the curved paths around the garden to create a lovely aroma when walked over.
family with 3 young children
South East facing garden on a sloping site
slightly acidic, free draining medium loam
large seating area for dining adjacent to house, smaller seating area in shade, water feature (safe for the children), space for children to play, retain yew hedge and mature trees, space for shed and compost bins
no strong preference but NOT symmetrical formality.
no strong preference
contemporary, cottage, informal, naturalistic