Project: Town Garden beside a Copse
Skills: Garden Design, Landscape Design
The clients of this property had recently added a new conservatory on to their lounge and wanted to look out on to a garden full of interest with plenty of space to entertain their friends.
The existing garden was very dated, laid mostly to lawn with small borders and overgrown shrubs. The ground rose sharply on one side leading up to a garden shed and gateway to a local park. A silver birch tree in the centre of the garden has a preservation order and so it had to remain.
All of the existing large shrubs were removed, new levels formed, the ground excavated a retaining wall built to form raised planting borders and an upper lounging area in front of the garden shed.
Sue’s design included a lower terrace constructed in sandstone paving to encircle the conservatory, a circular pool was created as the main focal point built behind the retaining wall, with water gently falling from a shoot on to stones below. She planted phormiums and grasses to give a striking backcloth and separated the upper terrace from the main garden with a simple pergola planted with honeysuckle and clematis. The garden shed was repainted to give it a more contemporary look. A sloping pathway was constructed with new railway sleepers and shielded from the terrace with a small bamboo hedge to form a hidden route around the side of the garden. Sue’s planting scheme included hydrangeas, peonies, shrub roses, honeysuckle, anemones, geraniums and alchemilla mollis that blend in naturally with the woodland copse beyond the garden fence.
This lovely garden now flows with soft lines with wider borders, a new lawn surrounding the birch tree and curved steps linking the lawn with the upper terrace.
This project took four weeks for the construction work and was planted with trees, shrubs & perennials in the following two weeks. Bulbs for spring colour were added separately in the autumn.
We are delighted with our new outdoor space. We now have a great space for entertaining and it’s wonderful to have colour in the garden all year round. Sue was a delight to work with. She listened to our ides, incorporated her bit of magic and came up with a wonderful plan. We especially liked her eye for detail and that she is a perfectionist! The garden really is unrecognisable. Sue still gives me advice and is always willing to come over to see us if needed. I would highly recommend her totally professional service to any of my friends.
Dr & Mrs M Labib Stourbridge