My clients’ children had grown out of football and guinea pig ownership, and they wanted a restyle.
A couple of trees were too big for the garden, and were removed, along with a child's swing and a small terrace which faced north. The lawn was reshaped to allow for larger, simpler borders and a more informal planting to give it a romantic feel, with a swing seat instead of the swing. A water feature and bed near the house helped to make the transition between house and garden more natural, giving a focal point for the terrace. There will also be shade planting and a bird feeder as a focus for winter views from the conservatory.
Before we started with overgrown tree, redundant swing and many curvy beds.
Before we started - the house feels cut off from the garden.
Elevations of the planting plan. Nowadays I use Pinterest! This used to
be the only way to show clients what the plants would look like. The scheme mainly uses purples, greens and greys.
The smooth outline of the lawn now makes the garden seem larger. A new
swing seat for adults has been installed and a water feature with planting placed near the house to blend house and garden. New romantic style planting.
Herb planting near the house - in time these will cover the gravel. The
water feature is smaller than planned but my clients enjoy it from the nearby terrace and conservatory.
The new lawn makes the garden seem bigger and deeper. It's a shallow
garden with a point to the left, now concealed by trees and the swing seat. New planting contrasts purples, greys and greens. The herb garden can just be seen in front, to the right.
The new lawn sweeps round the garden - the right hand side of the garden
isn't complete yet as the guinea pig hutch still has a guinea pig inside! New planting of purples greens and greys. The sweeping shape of the lawn and the emphasis on the corner makes the shallow garden shape seem deeper. Jane Harries