Transforming a new-build garden
New-build gardens have a reputation for being charmless and dull. Early in 2012 we were commissioned to bring some charm to the garden of a new-build home in Leicester. The developers had sown grass seed and planted a couple of trees – not unusual for new-build properties, but also not very inspiring for whoever has to live there.
Listening to the clients’ requirements for the garden it became clear that, as well as charm, they needed plenty of planting, somewhere to enjoy the evening sunshine and space to grow their own vegetables. The plot itself was an L-shape, wrapping itself around two sides of the house, and to add to the challenge we were also asked to consider some land on the other side of the fence which the clients were looking into purchasing at a later date.
We proposed a scheme which combined raised timber flower beds, matched by raised vegetable beds and a pergola, which sheltered a outdoor rattan suite of sofas. We even incorporated a hammock for extra comfort! To take in the additional land we designed the scheme so the extra plot would take the form of a ‘secret garden’ – enclosed on three sides, but also seamlessly blending with the layout of the rest of the garden.
Building any garden this year has been problematic, and this one was no exception. The unprecedented rainfall in June and July put the project back weeks, but I think the results were worth waiting for.
Here’s what we started with:
And here’s what it looks like now (with the lawn awaiting its first cut):
Our clients were delighted with the results “…thank you for all your creativity and expertise with the garden. It looks fantastic and we both love the hard landscaping and the planting. It’s quite a transformation. It is more beautiful than we ever could have imagined and I have no doubt that we will love it for many years to come.”
Fingers crossed – we hope to go back to plant the ‘secret garden’ one day…
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