After moving to a new-build David Wilson Homes property in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, our clients found themselves in desperate need of some privacy screening. They loved the house but didn’t want to even use the overlooked garden, as they felt that their every move was on display.

They wished to create space for their daughter to play, but they also wanted an extension to the house to give them an entertaining area for the evenings. Of course, it had to be low maintenance and give them a good view from inside the house.

We proposed a change to the boundary treatments with the use of slatted screening and pleached hornbeam trees to give height above the fence line. As the house behind our clients’ was high and had dormer windows, we added a semi-covered pergola to create real privacy. The covering means the worst of the elements are kept off the area underneath, creating a room outside.

The use of walls – rendered and painted in a warm blue-grey – adds real interest and the planting behind the walls will grow up and add more greenery to soften the scheme in time.

The water feature is a simple metal chute that circulates from an underground reservoir, so there is no open water, making it safer and reducing maintenance.

For the patio and paths, we specified Pavestone’s Porcelain Dolomite Moon, which we inset with Slimsett clay pavers in Anthracite.

We planned a simple planting scheme of Hydrangea, grasses such as Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ and Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’, David Austin Rosa ‘Kew Gardens’, Agapanthus, Salvia ‘Caradonna’ and Geum ‘Borisii’.

Our clients built this garden themselves during the lockdown. Having a background in building helped, and we are thrilled with the results.

They said that, before making the garden, they would keep the blinds down in the back of the house. Now they are outside as often as possible and love their new outdoor room.

You can see the before and after image, courtesy of their Instagram page. Give them a follow at @lichfielddownthelane.

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