The garden of this eighteenth century coach house was tired and in need of some serious TLC. There were four distinct areas to be tackled, the shade border, front of house, courtyard area and side garden. Most of the hard landscaping was to be retained, however the gravel areas were refreshed with new gravel and due to a new gas supply the hard landscaping at the front was replaced with clay pavers.

We removed the overgrown shrubs from the shade garden and replaced with woodland planting that will thrive in the dappled shade.

At the front it was important to introduce height to take your eye away from the cars when looking from the house. Structural elements include metal obelisks to support climbing roses and Yew topiary cushions. Planting is a mix of grasses, perennials, shrubs and bulbs, flowering from spring through to late autumn. My inspiration for the colour palette came from my clients interesting art collection and this gives continuity from indoors out.

Simple elegance was in order for the courtyard area from the back door. The water feature was cleaned and repaired, we replaced the old misshaped Box hedging with new ready hedge. Tall zinc pots are planted with white Hydrangeas and white foxgloves and geraniums are abundant in spring and summer. Box topiary in the pots add to the structure and two stone planters will be planted seasonally keeping with the white theme.

The side garden is designed to be enjoyed from spring through to autumn as it cannot been seen easily from the house. Planting includes a mix of shrubs, topiary and perennials along with Spring flowering bulbs that can be enjoyed from the breakfast terrace.