Jennifer Gayler who had designed the client’s previous garden was appointed to create the new design and Transform Landscapes were contracted to carry out the garden build which required both soft and hard landscaping.
The existing garden posed many challenges as it sloped upwards away from the house and was overlooked by neighbours on all sides except to the west. The garage and oil tank were also very visible, and the rear of the house which is very long, meant the paved area would look thin.
To create a bigger paved area, Transform Landscape followed Jennifer Gayler plans and levelled out the front of the garden nearest to the house. The hard landscape team then built a staggered retaining wall with two flights of steps up the lawn area. This immediately created movement through the garden and a sense of space. The retaining walls were built using brick and flint to blend in with 17th century architecture of the cottage and more recent extension.
Natural grey sandstone was then used by the hard landscaping team to build a paved outside area with an attractive decorative circular detail and a pathway from the house to the driveway. To meet the clients, brief a large spacious driveway was created using traditional block material.
In collaboration with Jennifer Gayler the soft landscaping team implemented the planting scheme. Yew hedging, and evergreen standard trees were planted to creating screening and separate areas in the garden. The use of evergreens, yew and box hedge plants ticked several boxes for the client in terms of a traditional English garden and proving all year-round interest in the garden. The box hedge plant which is a classic topiary plant would also be easy to maintain.
A planting scheme of shrubs and herbaceous borders were then introduced to create a traditional English style of garden. The client wanted all their favourite herbaceous plants from the old garden such as Verbena and Gaura to be incorporated within the planting scheme. Herbs were planted in the raised borders shaped by the newly built retaining walls around the paved area and existing brick walls to create a kitchen garden.