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Garden for relaxation

Garden for relaxation

The central lawn is surrounded by lush herbaceous planting

The owner's handcrafted bench is happily sited in a designated spot in the sun

The ornamental bark of the silver birch will become whiter and more striking in years to come

The generously sized terrace means that it can be used in a number of ways

The furniture can stay outside in all seasons

Of course a garden has to cater for all members of the family

A reclaimed obelisk from a salvage yard has been restored and painted to form an interesting focal point

Within one season the right planting can make an impact

Planting for the hot and dry part of the garden

An additional seating area to the side of the house

The dining area

And space for a free standing barbecue

Before photos

Garden for relaxation


My brief was to create a family garden with a simple, stylish entertaining area, large enough to accommodate a large dining table and comfortable seating. Although my client had little experience of gardening she was keen to learn and requested an informal planting style with all year interest. She also requested a smaller, more intimate seating area where you could catch the morning sun. The children’s priority was a good-sized lawn and space for their large trampoline.


I set the new garden at an angle to make it look larger and in keeping with the size of the house. The terrace is a buff coloured sandstone paving which is also used as a lawn edging. The paths near the house are paved but gravelled elsewhere.

Tucked into the corner of the garden is a new shed and the trampoline. When the children grow older, the trampoline will be replaced with raised beds.

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