The customer had recently bought the house because of its Edwardian architecture and she wanted to have a garden to match it.
A patch of lawn and a selection of different fence types, a garage that needed to be replaced and tired paving were the starting point. The brief was to have a pretty area with room for entertaining friends, plenty of colour but reasonably low maintenance which looks good all through the year.
The fences were all changed and painted to match the doors of the house and garage. Trellis panels, some with mirrors behind, were used to add depth and texture. A planting palette of mainly blue, pink, crimson and white was used and the paving was a mixture of small setts on the paths with on-edge tiles at junctions as a nod to Lutyen’s style to promote movement through the beds and then larger stone paving slabs are used at the sunny end for a seating area.
Lighting at the seating end highlights the trellis and standard bay trees and makes the garden look magical at night which is important in our long northern winters.
The owner chose the arch and bird bath from a reclamation yard.