Dartmouth Park Front Garden

A creative couple who wanted to add value and visual impact to the front of the property owned this front garden on the Holly Lodge Estate in Dartmouth Park. The clients were keen to explore new ideas and interesting materials, with the focus on a stylish, contemporary design that had year round interest.

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Rather than design a typically straight path to the front door we made use of the slope to create 3 terraces that were offset, allowing for an easy transition across the levels, with staggered planting beds that ensured some privacy and impact. The materials chosen were slate paving, with Cor-Ten edging for the risers and edging. The lateral design is emphasized by the installation of Clipped Yew hedging that defines the planting areas, which are bold drifts of one of two plant species. The planting palette is focused on white and varying shades of green, with predominantly shade tolerant plants.

The front fence had to remain due to Estate requirements, so we repaired and painted it in Farrow and Ball Railings. We also created a horizontal slatted screen as a background for a garden bench. This was diagonally balanced by another screen on the opposite boundary, in front of which is a focal Urbis Planter planted with Acer Bloodgood and under planted with Erigeron karvinskianus.

The challenges of this garden were dealing with the slope in a practical, but visual way, and screening the neighbour’s boundaries sympathetically. The resulting garden design is striking, and sits very comfortably within the Dartmouth Park, Holly Lodge Estate.

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