This large new build town house has a generous but uninspiring back garden. The brief was to create an attractive, usable space that linked the garden to the wider landscape. The challenge was to link the different pieces of land together to make an interesting garden.
The design used a 45 degree sight line from the house to views of the wider landscape as its starting point. Oak decking and paving areas are lined up on 45 degrees, as are the beds within the lawn. As a centre piece in the back garden an enclosed decking area surrounded with silver birches provides intimate evening dining area. The flavour of the planting is a loose naturalistic blend of herbaceous perennials, grasses and structural trees and shrubs.
The design then flows from the back garden, over a curving bridge to a wildflower meadow, to views of Grantchester and back into mature woodland. The meadow is designed with pathways and large clear grass glades within. It accentuates the feeling of a journey and is inspired by a dandelion clock. The largest of the glades faces a wonderful mature oak in the woodland with a path that leads into the woods. Another glade has a group of different life-size cows appearing to graze.
It is a garden of different rooms that lead into each other to create a garden experience. The planting is the star of the design; the perennials and grasses are planted in bold drifts and have been chosen for good flowering length and structural form and texture. The juxtaposition of naturalistic perennials and grasses merging with wildflowers and amazing views made this a dream project.