Calming Contemporary

A cool, calm and contemporary garden, oozing with bespoke details and rich planting

The Brief

This generously sized new build garden was all lawn, with a sloped turf bank to the rear fence and an overgrown Blackthorn hedge running down one boundary. The brief was to create a stylish garden to reflect the clients’ interior, making the garden an extension of the home.

The Solution

There was a clear need for a generous dining space against the house and a lawn area big enough for both the children and dogs to tear around on. To stop the central area of the garden coming just a lawn framed with planting, Chris added a transition strip with an almost zen feel, which contained a multi-stem Amelanchier adjacent to two large Welsh boulders. The backdrop to this is a low clipped Taxus hedge, with larch cladding and Corten screens above.

Another request was a sunken seating area. The best suited location for this was the prime, south-facing section of the garden, where there was opportunity to build up around the seating area as the ground level was already raised. To give this area even more drama, a fire pit was incorporated in the centre with a bespoke, aluminium half pergola over the top, complete with downlighters at the ends.

Slatted larch cladding with Corten screens inset at regular intervals provide attractive boundaries oozing with detail. They create the perfect backdrop to the planting that sways and moves in front of them.

Planting densely helped give the illusion that the garden blends into the landscape beyond. The key to this garden’s success is the amount of detail within it.

The Feedback

‘We are beyond happy with our garden designed by Chris. Based on the brief of a modern usable garden suitable for all the family, the attention to detail and personal touches he incorporated have turned what would have been an amazing garden into a truly phenomenal one. Chris was on hand from the outset and all the way through the build process, and the end result is loved by us, our kids, our dogs and everyone who visits!’

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