This stunning garden transformation took place in summer in this sunny rear garden.
The garden is 2metres higher at the rear boundary, than the house and required lots of 'head scratching' both in the design and build stage. The seemingly simple and stylish result belies the complexity of the site. Having such changes of level requires retention and thorough planning.
Oak upright sleepers and gabion baskets were used to help retain the upper levels of the garden, glass balustrade offers security on the top level,whilst smooth, polished sandstone paving completes the contemporary makeover.
The varying levels give great privacy and the aspect offers a gloriously sunny patio. Bi-fold doors open onto the patio and modern seating makes for a great social space. A blank neighbouring wall was clad with a bespoke feature of split oak to break up the expanse of brick. Steps lead up onto the middle level where the lawn is edged in tumbled blocks - this allows for easier maintenance and retains the integrity and sharpness of the design throughout the year.
The beds next to the patio contain herbs and scented plants. Further steps lead up to the to level, the 'Gin & Tonic' patio, where the evening sun can be enjoyed. A seat is created from oak and gabion baskets and a small patio with stepping stones through gravel to additional planting beds. Glass balustrade provides safety and allows for a full view of the garden.
Plants were selected for their colour, fragrance and seasonal interest, wish herbs available at easy picking height next to the lower level. Sumer flowering herbaceous plants and choice shrubs have flowers and fragrance.