Garden for Entertaining

BeforeThis garden faces south so is light and sunny.

The brief was to create an inviting space for entertaining which was attractive and low maintenance, whilst being flexible enough for any further extension to the house.

Mature shrubs and trees made the existing garden very dark and uninviting. There was also an old timber fence which was a focal point for all the wrong reasons. The solution needed to be both practical and attractive, so the boundary has become a feature in its own right, using cedar cladding and sections of  rebar covered in evergreen climbers. The cedar has also been used to wrap around the replacement shed so that the garden has a sleek and streamlined look. Porcelain paving and dark pavers complement the contemporary feel of this garden.

The planting is simple and low maintenance – a mixture of evergreens and flowering perennials with the coppery bark of the Tibetan cherry tree to act as focal point and pick up the colours of the cedar. In all, a relaxed and informal style of planting which divides the space without blocking the light. Ornamental grasses have been used  in key areas to achieve this.

Subtle lighting and sleek contemporary furniture have also been added to complete the space whilst a fire pit draws guests to the end of the garden in the evenings.