Child-friendly garden in Derby designed by Lush Garden Design

Designing a Relaxing Garden in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire

This is another new-build David Wilson home in Hastings Park, Ashby de la Zouch. In common with the previous garden we’ve designed on this estate, it needed some privacy screening.

This house, however, is on a corner plot, so screening was not the biggest issue. The main problem for our clients was dealing with a slope, as well as the view, which consisted of brick walls (and more brick walls, and even more brick walls).

This is what the site looked like before we started.

The garden needed some interest. Our client wanted a calm space to relax and read quietly. They also wanted interesting planting, a water feature and a feeling of enclosure.

Child-friendly garden in Derby designed by Lush Garden Design
Child-friendly garden in Derby designed by Lush Garden Design

This garden was surrounded by a brick wall but the space itself was empty of any other features. We decided to divide up the garden to create three distinct areas. Closest to the house there is ample space for a dining table, placed next to three tall planters. From there you cross stepping stones which are set in ground-cover planting, to reach a contrasting paved path.

The path leads either right to a small lawn, for camping with the grandchildren, or left to a sitting area, beneath a solid, timber pergola which adds height and definition. We planted trees and Yew hedging to help to divide the spaces further.

This division actually makes the garden feel bigger.

Child-friendly garden in Derby designed by Lush Garden Design
Child-friendly garden in Derby designed by Lush Garden Design

We included two rendered walls to create a focal point, which sit behind a bespoke water feature, constructed by Caltef Designs.

Once the garden is fully grown the planting will be full and textural. We’ve used Prunus serrula, Amelanchier lamarkii, Zantedeschia, Echinops, Phlomis, Salvia, Geum, various grasses, David Austin Rose ‘Tottering By Gently’ and ground creeping Leptinella ‘Platts Black’ and Pratia pedunculata.

For paving, we used Bradstone Vetusto with Brett Elegante Timber driftwood-style planking.

Landscaping was by AC Creations of Whitwick, and the garden was planted by ourselves.

We thoroughly enjoyed working on this project, and we’ll give the final word to our client, who said: “I’m truly delighted – the garden adds so much to my life!”

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