We were asked to design this garden for a lovely lady who had moved from the family home into this smaller property. Several items had been brought from our client’s previous house; including benches that had formerly been on a steamer, a swing seat, a small stone bird bath, a curved stone bench, a small statue of Pan, a small circle of paving, and a teddy bear.
The existing terrace was extended, matching in to existing paving, a small rock planting feature was extended, making use of the ground rising up and away from the back door.
A circular progression around the garden was designed, leading out from the back door, up a set of steps adjacent to the rock feature, to a path under a rose and clematis strewn pergola, and out on to a lawn that was set to existing level, past an existing Victoria Plum, leading to the Swing Seat set in among the planting which is backed off by an existing laurel hedge. Along this hedge was sited the teddy bear, and further along a small circle of paving was incorporated into the planting, with the small statue of Pan forming the focal point, the base of the statue planted with woodland violets. A timber arch gives access to the shed, and utility area.
Leading around, past the arch to the other side of the garden, is a shady border, of ericaceous plants; hostas, hydrangeas, and ferns into which the curved stone bench was sited with two sentry plants of hardy zantedeschias either side of it. Finally leading to steps back down to the terrace which is surrounded by a retaining brick wall, perfect for our client’s cornucopia of pots filled with exuberant planting.