Modern Garden with Koi Pond
It’s rare for us to be given a completely blank canvas to work on, but when we were asked to design a garden in Sandiacre, Nottinghamshire, that’s pretty much exactly what we were given, as you can see if you compare the finished garden (above) with the site as we first saw it (below).
The original brief was to include a pond, screening for some privacy from the surrounding houses, space for a greenhouse, and most importantly – some planting interest. The house was shortly having a conservatory added, so the design was to take this into consideration.
After producing our initial concepts the brief changed slightly – instead of an ornamental pond, the clients decided they would like a pond to keep Koi carp.
Our scheme consisted of a grass lawn with some decked areas, with a large pergola covering a seating area next to the Koi pond. We included some large feature planters and timber trellis screens, which enabled us to obscure a greenhouse and some raised vegetable beds, as well as a shed and some bins. The Koi pond itself incorporated a self-contained stainless steel water feature, and we finished off the design with some LED uplighting. The planting scheme included climbing plants to help screen the seating area, and young trees which will, in time, provide privacy from the surrounding houses. The flower beds and raised planters were planted in our trademark herbaceous style, with seasonal bulbs and evergreens providing prolonged interest throughout the season.
In this garden we used some specific materials and finishes. The client expressed a preference for composite decking material, so we selected Ecodek, a British made, solid recycled and durable wood polymer composite decking board. For the raised planters and the Koi pond we used Stonemarket Häus veneer walling and coping.
The Koi pond itself is of a blockwork construction, approx 2m deep, lined with fibreglass, and topped with a solid steel safety mesh, which stops people falling in while also keeping the herons out. The rear of the water feature contains a hidden space for the Koi pond pump and filter. The pond was faced with Häus walling and coping, and is now home to some attractive Koi carp, all looked over by a less than subtle plastic heron.
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