The clients had been living in their house for 10 years and, as they were planning to retire from their professional lives, decided it was time to upgrade their large garden to make it a more enjoyable space. They had also recently removed some large trees from the boundaries and the garden felt stark without them. The garden was professionally designed and Creating Eden were invited to provide an estimate for the landscaping works for the front, side and rear garden areas.
The garden was progressively cleared – a derelict summerhouse and many large conifers were removed, along with existing paving, an old water feature and other hardscape materials. New levels were created in the rear garden and part of a stone retaining wall was taken down before being rebuilt and extended to support the large new L shaped patio. Indian sandstone was laid on the patio and steps and wooden sleeper raised beds were built along the boundary walls to allow planting to soften these areas in time. An informal path was installed, using Everedge steel edging to retain 20mm gravel, and the rotary drier was moved to a new gravel area at the other end of the rear garden. In the side garden, a large semicircular patio was created outside the double kitchen doors and an existing curved pathway to the front garden was widened and relaid using gravel retained by Everedge, as in the rear garden. New border areas were created in the rear and side gardens and the lawns were relaid. The clients decided to remove all the large evergreen shrubs from the front garden as they were blocking light in the front rooms of the house, and low wooden raised beds were built for a new hedge and for new (low level) planting. This area will now provide attractive views both on arrival and from the house. The photographs shown here were taken before the garden was re-planted and the new summerhouse installed, but even at this stage the clients were delighted with the new seating areas and the clean lines of the new landscaping. It will keep getting better with time.
This garden was designed by Belinda Macdonald from www.shadesofgreengardendesign.co.uk
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