A towering boundary wall, a patch of badly drained lawn and a small patio were the starting points of a transformation to a low maintenance, smart sun trap in a private walled garden. My clients’ brief was to include a good sized area for a table and six chairs, a second smaller patio near the French doors, a vista from inside the house, a water feature, low maintenance planting and a way to soften the boundary fencing without replacing it. The fencing and garden shed were painted black making them disappear into the background and the planting stand out. A large deck was built for dining, black arches were installed for height and Foras water wing feature and matching sculpture added. The planting scheme uses colours of lime green, lemon, purples, green and white.