Our clients asked us to transform their existing garden into a classically designed, low-maintenance and dog-friendly entertainment space, so they could enjoy the summer months outdoors with their family.
They wanted a design based around a large patio where they could host garden parties two or three times a week.
We decided to work with the differing heights that existed in the garden and maintain them by building a decorative retaining wall to create split-levels.
To access the top terrace, we constructed curved feature steps that open out into two separate sections. To the right, a Marshalls Tegula pathway runs along the front of the artificial lawn. The edging bricks sweep around the turf, helping to keep the shape flowing and contain the gravel chippings we used to cover the soil around the base of the new evergreen shrubs and trees.
To the left of the curved steps, we built a large seating area using Rutland Autumn Brown paving and inset a circle radius of Marshalls Tegula setts on which table and chairs can be placed.
To separate the two sections and give more privacy, we planted trees that sweep from the steps through the centre of the garden to join with trees at the back. We also built two new raised sleeper vegetable beds with a pathway down the middle for easy access.
At the foot of the steps, we laid an expansive patio that opens out in front of both sets of French doors, using Rutland Autumn Brown paving. This patio provides plenty of room for a barbeque, patio furniture, and a heater for when the family sit outside late into the evening.
We built a small, semi-circular retaining wall at the top of the garden amongst evergreen shrubs and trees. Using the existing white well pump, we were able to create a water feature that flows over the wall and down into a sump hidden beneath cobbles and rocks.
Next, we repositioned the summerhouse and erected a small storage shed to keep tools and other garden paraphernalia out of view when entertaining. The old gate was taken away and replaced with a small fixed piece of fencing to maximise the space to the side of the shed, which now consisted of a level paved surface.
We then created a bigger entrance to the garden by digging out a tight turn and replacing it with a substantial Marshalls Tegula paved surface. We replaced the gate with a new one, and built tiered raised sleeper beds and softly planted them to give a wow factor to the entrance.
Beyond the gate to the front of the property, we laid Rutland Autumn Brown paving to join with the existing driveway. This space could now be used as a maintenance- free bin stand and provide a clean walk into the garden.
When the sun sets, the garden will change dramatically as we put subtle lighting around the flower beds amongst the planting to provide ambience on hot summer evenings. There is also lighting inset into the patio paving, and more around the water feature to highlight these areas.
To really finish off the garden, we cleaned and painted all of the fencing, repaired and painted the shed and summerhouse, and painted the new gate and sleepers so everything matched and looked brand new.
We made all our client’s wishes come true and they now have a low-maintenance garden that looks fantastic and gives them the venue they needed to entertain outdoors every day of the week!