Having done next door, I was then approached by the neighbours to look at their garden. The site was long and narrow, with a listed building backing on to one side, which was in the process of being renovated into housing. There was a rather nice apple tree at the back but other than the existing downstairs terrace, the garden was a complete blank.
The clients’ brief was relatively simple – they requested a garden to relax in, with a gym to be installed at the back.
As the building was quite a feature in the garden, I decided to use it as a means to section the terrace into paving and decking, with a large seating area, flanked on either side by large ornamental pots and planting. The clients were keen not have anything growing up the walls. There are two areas of lawn either side of the terrace, with stepping stones running through the grass. This long view leads to the back of the garden, through a yew hedge and then to a less formal area with a curving path between planting beds of perennials and shrubs below the apple tree, eventually arriving at the gym back.
The planting throughout the garden was quite flower-some and aromatic, with roses, lavenders and rosemary being key plants.