A simple contemporary design provides a family friendly garden.
The brief for this modern, formal garden was to encompass a large entertaining space, lawn, seating areas, low maintenance planting and a hidden shed. The only feature retained as part of the overall design, was a Lilac tree positioned towards the back of the garden.
The Lilac tree became a key focal point, around which the strong geometry of the design was formed. A priority was to improve the view of a large imposing building at the end of the garden, we overcame this by rendering the wall and painting it a soft greyish purple that would highlight the feature tree and recede into the garden.
Stepping-stones, seating and planting beds are carefully staggered through the garden to create interest and a ‘zigzag’ effect that draws the eye and engages.
Throughout this delightful garden, the colours used are very much a reflection of the interior, a soft palette of purple, magenta and buff grey. This was particularly emphasized in the planting of deep purple Heuchera, Phormium 'Sundowner', Penstemon 'Sour Grapes' and Verbena bonariensis to name a few, with the emphasis on white and cream planting against the rear purple wall. The overall effect is of a contemporary garden with a strong geometry that is softened through skilful planting.