The garden after, screening plants have grown to create privacy
The garden under construction showing the need for screening
Steps lead to the upper garden
Trees break the roof line of neighbouring properties
The patio nestles beneath a bank of shrubs and perennials
A sheltered spot beneath fragrant roses
A striking multi stem Birch tree
With a property on a large new-build development our clients were blessed with a relatively large garden but it was set on a hillside and had an awful outlook towards tall fences, timber retaining walls and properties ‘up-slope’ looming over them. In addition, a substantial bank split the garden into two narrow strips. Set on the chalk downs near Canterbury, planting was a concern for our clients and had to be selected with care to suit the soil type.
We relish a challenging project like this as it allows us the opportunity to apply our years of experience and knowledge to transform a once undesirable garden into something our customers can enjoy and treasure for years.
Working out from the patio doors we laid out interlocking square and rectangular panels of red brick and buff paving and echoed this in the design of raised herb beds. These strong forms were designed to arrest the eye and visually break-up the thin strip of garden between the house and bank.
We reduced the severity of the bank with a low wall and opened it up with a set of wide steps. These provided a functional and visual link between the two levels.