A large garden for outdoor living and entertaining designed for my client 'Rural & Country Developments' just outside Chester. The garden is a smart but low maintenance solution with plenty of class.
The design is based on a grid taken from the dimensions and projections of the house. The garden is intended to unite the two buildings and blur the boundaries between inside and outside.
This house and outbuilding needed something to bring the two buildings together and to make the house a part of the surrounding landscape. Previously the building looked lost, but now, this house and garden wouldnt look out of place in the top most classy magazines.
The garden reflects the style and proportions of the house, much has been made of clean straight lines and the detailing kept to a minimum. The garden is presented on split levels, gabion cages separate the upper and lower gardens, pleached trees form avenues and parasol trees frame views of the countryside beyond.
Here parasol trees partially enclose the garden but also frame distant views of the countryside. The trees make a horizontal link with the skyline and appear to float in the air - they also make a good job of filtering and slowing down the wind.
Generous sized terrace with parasol trees in the distance and pleached trees behind to give a sense of privacy and enclosure.
A triple hedge is not an essential, but it does look very smart in this new garden and will get better still as the garden matures.
An 'L' shape seat is a most social arrangement, and here it fits in perfectly with other elements of the garden.
Large paving slabs make the space feel more intimate and contrast well it the lush green lawn. There is nothing much to do workwise in this garden, just sit and relax and enjoy it.
Lighting in a garden extends the time we spend outdoors, it can also be used to pick up the verical lines of this deck as well as lighting up trees and waterfeature.
Sophisticated elegance! even if you are not out enjoying the garden at night, the garden provides a pleasant space to look out onto from the house. Lighting has ben used to 'graze' the stems of the trees and to light up the canopy where the light dissapates.
That fire looks inviting
This modern garden uses classic ingredients such as box hedging, pleached trees, clipped hedges and topiary but in a modern setting.
'Less' is very much 'more' in this particular garden.
I love the way the tapering line takes your eye to the pot and into the distance. Bleeding the inside with the outside with hardlandscaping has blurred the boundaries between garden room and garden.