Water was a major inspiration for the owners of this Essex garden along with their preference for formal design and clean, contemporary design and structure, so Aralia created two bespoke water features – a raised fish pond and a long narrow Rill. This involved removing the lawn to reduce maintenance which the owners readily agreed to. The final Landscape Design was a striking Contemporary garden design.
The raised fish pond doubles up as casual seating, and the rill offers a stunningly dramatic feature that stretches the full length of this modern garden design. Lines were drawn at 45 degree angles to the house to exaggerate the overall dimensions and give the impression of a much larger looking garden space. The rill was further enhanced by narrow strips of beach pebbles which give a textural border to the granite paving and a nod to a coastal influence. Aralia enjoys excellent relationships with many quality designers and suppliers of unique garden architectural artefacts, so the inclusion of a simple galvanised steel sculpture was a simply sourced yet impactful focal point. The garden also includes a U-shaped raised bed for edible crops and a pleached Hornbeam hedge which provide instant height, screening and drama. Aralia worked as Landscape Architects working within a multi-disciplinary consultant team which included a range of sub-contractors. Aralia also provided a full Landscape Design & Build service.