The Site: The Garden at Wisteria Cottage had a large patio are paved with old concrete slabs and a large lawn falling gently away from the house. Small flower beds running down each side of the lawn and an area to the side which had been cut off from the rest of the garden by trellis and used as a dumping ground.
The Brief: We were asked to create a design that would bring the garden together. Make use of the 'dumping ground' area, join the summer house and greenhouse to the rest of the garden, and create a garden with good social areas.
The Design: The final design used paving patterns and planted beds to create different areas within the large patio outside the new extension and existing living room. We removed the trellis from the pergola to create an entrance to what would become a new patio from the previously unused area. New paths running down either side of the garden which would redefine the edges of the beds, adding some depth in places, and joining the bottom area with the house. The existing ramp being removed and replaced with a planted bed).
The Construction and Planting: The paving used is Mint Indian Sandstone complemented by 100mm setts. All the soil in the new beds came from the dig out for the new paths. All of the sandstone used for the walls came from the demolition of the old conservatory. The only problem coming from the lack of access to the garden so everything had to be done by hand.
Finished Product: Now completed the garden looks great. It has made the space seem bigger through more efficient design but cosier through the use of unique areas and paving patterns. With a shaded area under the Wisteria, the central square for the morning/afternoon sun and the new patio for the evening sun it has different parts without becoming disjointed. Once the new bed have grown in this will be a great space for entertaining.