Seven years ago I was commissioned to design a south-west facing, 70 square meter patch of grass surrounded by typical garden fencing on an established housing develpment in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire. The garden space my client took on with their new home was uninspiring, unattractive, boring and required a clever design to meet their needs. After carrying out extensive modernisation and building works to the property the garden became the next challenge. Having designed two previous gardens and knowing their tastes and requirements I was ready for the telephone call! I had been pre-warned that I would be involved with their third design.
The brief was for a low maintenance garden without lawn, patio area, plenty of planting areas, a palette of predominantly green and white with lots of foliage interest, height, a corner gazebo, make the utility fencing disappear and create the illusion that the garden appeared larger than it actually was – no pressure there then!
The end result, now seven years on, is a calming, private, mature courtyard style garden divided into two ‘rooms’, masses of planting but relatively low maintenance, obscured boundaries and total privacy. My clients love this garden and I’m told will not be moving again in the near future!