My client wanted to re-design their back garden but didn’t have a large budget, so it made sense to retain the existing paving from the house as it was in good condition. As the garden was on two levels it was predominantly the upper level that was re-designed.

My client’s brief was for a garden in a traditional style with a cottage feel, and an area to accommodate a day bed for lounging. The tired pond and overgrown shrubs were removed to make way for a circular lawn edged in natural sandstone setts. The setts were also used to create the area for the day bed as well as a landing from the steps and space for the arbor seat. The arbor seat acts as a focal point to take your eye off the neighbours tall conifer hedge.

The mirrors on the neighbours garage wall, bring interest to what would otherwise be a bland space. They also reflect the light and increase the feeling of space.

Lots of pollinator friendly planting attracts bees and butterflies, and the crab apple tree will be a draw to the birds through the winter months. Year round colour and interest is achieved using a mix of shrubs, perennials grasses and bulbs.