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Large Gardens

Japanese Inspired Garden Hadley Wood

The owners of this large garden in Hadley wood wanted a curvaceous design which would fit with their existing rectilinear deck. We achieved this by keeping a strong sense of geometry and contrasting the rectangles with circles. Following a visit to Japan, they also wanted to include a taste of what they had seen there.

A millboard deck with a simple pergola, hovers over a large circular pond, stocked with plants and fish. A new bench will be placed here from which they can watch the wildlife. The screen hides two very large storage sheds which had to remain but were not to be seen from the house or terrace.

A second larger seating area was required at the sunny end of the garden to catch the evening sun. The furniture is yet to be purchased and will include a fire pit.

In recognition of their love for Japanese gardens, two rock features have been included: Three Angel Stone Monoliths rise out of a sea of pebbles and clipped evergreen shrubs, beside the terrace. At the far end of the garden, three large boulders have been placed within a circle of cobbles to lighten up the deep shade under the oak trees. This was a difficult area, where nothing previously grew. It has now been planted with flowering woodland shrubs and perennials, supported by a watering system.

Terraced Garden High Barnet

This garden is very steeply sloping, upwards from the house. We created two terraced areas: a patio and a lawn which are linked by sandstone paths and steps. Much of the planted areas remain sloping which enhances the view from the house. The planting itself is tall and on the wild side with a predominance of perennials and grasses. We retained the large standard rose and beautifully shaped apple trees which give the garden the feeling of establishment despite being only one year old.

Arbour Garden High Barnet

The strong geometry of the design for this large Barnet garden, complements the new extension and contemporary raised patio area. Viewed from above, the tall Cupressa hedge had the effect of foreshortening the garden. By creating two lawns with planting between and breaking up the mass of the hedge with tall planting and an arbour, the garden appears longer. The client, a keen gardener, wanted lots of seasonal interest, including exciting perennials in jewel colours. Biennials, such as, Digitalis ferruginea and Angelica gigas were added to give an extra zing to the borders.

Large Family Garden in Vienna

This large family garden has been built for a beautiful apartment block, in Vienna. It will be a low maintenance garden which is designed to be viewed from the surrounding tall buildings while also providing a tranquil setting for the owners to relax. There are stepping stone paths winding through woodland planting, a newly seeded circular lawn, gazebo and two seating areas. Our plan for the space is based upon circles for contemporary yet relaxed feel. Two existing birches will remain providing dappled shade to the dining area during the hot summers. Three more small trees, Japanese Maples, have been planted to provide height and to enhance the woodland feel requested by the clients.