This was a lovely project to work on. When I first visited this garden it had a very substantial dilapidated garden building taking up most of the space. But once it had been dismantled, the true potential of this walled garden quickly became apparent.
The client had completed the installation of a stylish kitchen extension a year or so before the garden project began. Sliding doors onto the garden were crying out for a Millboard Enhanced Grain deck in Burnt Cedar which the client furnished with Hay Pallisade chairs and I proposed various other garden features to provide focal points viewed from the house. The client was also really keen to create a garden which was both pet and wildlife friendly.
Close to the house I proposed a generously proportioned circular water feature with woven rebar sides and planted it with water lilies. The sizeable surface of water works well to provide reflections and a sense of calm in the garden. As always, the presence of water adds something really special to the scene. I mirrored the woven rebar water feature with a woven rebar planter at the far end of the garden to give balance.
Two chunky Scottish larch pergolas span the garden at the midway point and create both a picture frame effect when the garden is viewed from the house as well as the feeling of compartments in the garden. A Hay Pallisade bench to catch morning and lunchtime sun sits snuggly between the two pergolas and corten sculptural pieces in the border opposite provide further focal points and interest.
I worked the garden around existing trees which include a rowan and two cherry trees which in spring put on a dazzling display of blossom. Long-flowering pollenating herbaceous plants, grasses and interesting shrubs such as Euonymus Alatus Compactus fill the borders. Hydrangea Annabelle at the far end of the garden lightens and brightens a shadier corner from mid summer. The lawn is laid with species rich turf. This is cut less frequently than a normal lawn to allow it to flower over the growing season.
Having removed the sizeable garden building, the client was left without any storage space at all. However, he spotted a local company who build garden sheds called UHUT. One of these quirky, friendly-looking sheds was just the thing for the bottom corner of the garden. It sits at a jaunty angle and provides ample space for storage and a workbench.
Once again, a great team helped build this garden. This was one of Faodail Landscapes’ first projects for me and they did a beautiful job on a project which had really tricky access. Simple but highly effective garden lighting was installed by MGD Electrical using uplighting on the garden walls.