Screening a Garden in Aston on Trent, Derbyshire

We were called to see the garden of this exclusive new-build property in Aston on Trent, Derbyshire, in October 2021. Our clients had huge privacy and screening issues, as the whole garden was overlooked by neighbouring homes.

The site was also south-facing and exposed to the sun for long periods, which made providing shade an important requirement.

Our client wanted an entertaining space, a water feature, lawn space, and interesting planting.

But top of the list of requirements was some privacy.

There are many ways of screening a garden, and here we have used pleached Beech trees to screen above the fence line and installed a bespoke Iroko pergola over the seating area. Once the pleaches have fully established and leafed up, they will provide screening and shade.

Our planting scheme includes Yew hedging to give structure in the winter and multi-stem Silver Birch to give extra layers of screening depth.

Within the garden, planting includes Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’, Euphorbia characias ‘Wulfenii’, Hydrangea Limelight, Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’, Rosa ‘Kew Gardens’, Hakonechloa macra, for soft colour and interest, with shots of red and orange in late summer Helenium ‘Moorheim Beauty.’

We also have planted three specimen Betula utilis jacquemontii – white Himalayan birch, and seven Pyrus ‘Chanticleer’ – ornamental pear trees.

The hard landscaping was done by Ground Service Landscapes, using London Stone Faro porcelain and stone grey clay pavers with dove grey gravel from Breedon Aggregates. The water feature cladding is London Stone Golden Sand Premium DesignClad.

The garden was planted by Stonebridge Garden Services and ourselves.

Our clients were thrilled with the design and implementation, The landscapers were excellent, and the overall finish and change of feeling within the garden is amazing. The feeling of being enclosed and having garden rooms has been appreciated, especially once the bespoke pergola went in.

To give you an illustration of the total transformation we’ve achieved here for our clients, here are a couple of “before” shots for you to compare.

The "before" shots
The "before" shots

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