The garden had previously been landscaped by my client when they moved in 10 years ago. The property was located in the ‘new build’ development in Portishead, Bristol. The pond in the bottom corner of the garden had already been filled in and some existing lawn brick edging had started to sink. The garden was reasonably level and predominantly lawn with a mature Acer palmatum which was to be retained.
My client required a low maintenance, contemporary, formal garden which was to be used for entertaining and living. Privacy was also an issue being overlooked by neighbours at the bottom of the garden.
My design enclosed the overlooked boundaries with an easy to manage Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) hedge. There’s not much to not like about Hornbeam – it’s a native, very easy to cut and train and has wonderful lush green foliage – at its best in May.
A secondary seating area was located at the bottom of the garden to catch the evening sun linked to the patio with Breedon gravel path. This was edged with sawn and honed sandstone which was to be broken up with pieces of hardwood deck to add interest. A low maintenance pallet of plants was suggested at this stage including agapanthus, artemisia and rhododendron yak ‘Fantastica’.
Lighting and the soft flowing sounds of a water feature will add an extra dimension to the space.