Our clients had recently moved into a stunning new house in a tree-filled suburb of Victorian, Edwardian and later housing. The street-facing front of their house was built to match the traditional architecture of the street, but the back of the house was a stunning contemporary zinc and brick facade, and they wanted a garden to complement this.
Their key requirements were for a large ornamental fish pond, a large shed, areas to sit and relax by the pond, and some raised beds for vegetables. Also the developers had surrounded the property with wooden close-board fencing, and this needed screening with climbers. In addition we needed to work around the established and new trees on the site, all of which were protected as part of the planning permission for the development.
The solution was a bold design which divided the garden along two axes which reflected the shapes of the house. A beech hedge and shrubs (which will time to mature) create the new areas on one axis, and a staggered stone and shingle path with simple wooden arches creates the long axis. The pond is near to the house with formal features around it for maximum enjoyment year-round, and the less formal areas for vegetable growing and a woodland garden are further away from the house.
Key features: Large ornamental fish pond, with green oak deck and ornamental fine grass lawn; Stone and shingle path with simple green oak wooden rose arches; raised vegetable bed.
Key planting: New shrub borders including Smoke bush ‘Young Lady’, Mahonia, Viburnums, Woodland Hydrangeas, Californian lilacs, Wintersweet, Exochordia, Buddleja, Spindle with herbaceous underplanting; woodland planting; sun-loving plant border by pond and deck. New beech hedge. Over 30 evergreen and deciduous climbers to clothe the fencing. Roses for the rose arches.