This garden was designed to create a simple contemporary space for a young family. The space was initially underused and a blank canvas, with lots of potential to create an extension of their kitchen for outdoor entertaining.
Contemporary grey sandstone is used throughout the garden and provides an initial space adjacent to the kitchen, for external dining. Two generous wide steps with plinths to the sides create a simple level change, up to an artificial lawn. Planting is used to the edges to soften the space, whilst western red cedar contemporary trellis forms the boundary to the garden.
The planting scheme will add structure and interest throughout the year. Three feature multi stem Amelanchiers provide height and a backdrop to the rear of the garden. Their delicate flowers in the spring and warm autumnal colour, will add seasonal interest. Herbaceous species include Astrantia, and Salvias whilst Ferns, Liriope and Fatsia are used in the shady corners of the garden. Cloud forming Pittosporum add height and evergreen interest, whilst climbing Trachelospumum soften the boundaries.
A full lighting scheme was implemented so the space can be enjoyed in the evening. The feature multi stem trees are up-lit, to create interesting architectural reflections on the back wall of the garden.