A timber decking area adjacent to the house will catch the morning sun and provide an ideal place to sit and enjoy breakfast or morning coffee. A timber walkway leads you from here, under tree canopies, to a raised area of decking in the centre of the garden that will capture the late afternoon and early evening sun and provide somewhere to sit, dine and entertain guests. A living wall on one side of this area and a waterfall opposite create visual impact, sound and movement. A path from here provides access to an outbuilding at the bottom of the garden. The design allows the clients to enjoy their garden at different times of day and creates an interesting journey through the space.
The planting scheme is naturalistic and predominantly green and white. Structure is provided by the Himalayan Birch trees with stunning white bark which will create interest throughout the year. Attractive shade loving shrubs such as Camellia, Hydrangea, Rhododendron and Azaleas will provide further structure. Shade loving plants such as Wherry’s Foam Flower and Wood Anemone soften the edges of the timber while architectural plants such as Ferns and Hostas provide further visual interest.
a young professional couple who enjoy gardening but don’t have much time to spend on it
North facing, sheltered, shady garden
well drained, slightly acidic, medium loam
complete redesign, space for entertaining friends and dining outdoors, use only natural materials, no lawn, water feature (not a pond)
architectural plants with, interesting foliage, no conifers or brightly coloured flowers