Contemporary Formal Garden in Staffordshire

We were asked by our client to design a formal garden which would complement a new extension and swimming pool, to provide some sheltered, family entertaining space.

We have previously designed various garden areas on this large plot, but most have been in a traditional style to reflect the Georgian property. This time, to augment the modern new buildings, we decided on a contemporary formal style, secluded from the rest of the garden to provide a peaceful family-focussed area.

The enclosing rear wall is planted with trees, shrubs and perennials, and topped with timber screens. Behind the wall is a service path leading to an adjacent kitchen garden. The path is lined with pleached trees forming a screen from neighbouring properties.

We designed a raised lawn bisected by a formal, split-level pool. The upper pool is crossed by three ‘floating’ pavers, shown here from the steps leading from the swimming pool.

For year-round structure, we planted Buxus spheres and standard Amelanchier trees, with mature Hydrangeas providing height and impact. We planted a soft under-storey of roses, Nepeta, various grasses, Crocosmia for late colour, and Penstemon for their length of flowering.

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