When I first saw this garden it was very plain and the fencing was rotten and dilapidated. There was an overgrown rectangular lawn and the borders had been totally taken over by forget-me-nots. A modern, very low maintenance garden was requested by this client who worked full time and had little spare time to tend it as was evident from the garden before me. The garden was re-fenced and divided into three sections. The top decked area next to the house provided ample space for seating. Steps down to a simple rectangular lawn with a gravel path and planted border to one side. Horizontal timber trellis and pergola was built to create the third garden ‘room’ beyond. This was designed with a formal and symmetrical layout with a graveled surface to match the garden path. The garden shed was also positioned in the bottom corner screened by matching horizontal trellising. The low maintenance planting included white climbing roses, stipa gigantea, phormiums, stipa tenuissima, acanthus spinosus and hydrangea sargentiana.