A Large Family Garden in Chester
The main priority was to create an extensive new dining terrace for a large family garden in Chester. This would extend the entire length of the property. A set of generously wide steps provide acces to the lawn. These also act as a seating area from which to watch the children playing. From here the client can also enjoy the view across the lawns to the 'secret' garden. Tall planting has been introduced adjacent to the terrace to be enjoyed from within the house.
The client wanted a 'secret' garden, the layout of which we based loosely on the art of Mondrian. It is a geometric pattern with squares of plants, gravel and large stones to create a patchwork of different textures. A timber fence of upright posts and horizintal slatts painted black further reinforce the link to Mondrian. A series of black timber posts direct the path around the secret garden which widen out into a larger gravelled area that provides a small secluded seating area.
The finished design is loved by the client and her family. She claims that is successfully reflects her own artistic taste whilst providing all the space the children could wish for.
A Place for Sculpture
A momento from their trip to China takes pride of place amongst the planting. It is a metal statue of a terracotta warrior. The colour of the metal, a warm bronze, has influenced the colour palette for the planting of warm coppers and oranges that contrast boldly against the black paintwork. Texture is found not only in the matertials used to build the garden but also in the planting choices.
Planting is a mixture of herbaceous perennials and grasses of different colours and textures. The bright orange flowers of Geums contrast with the white flowers of Leucanthemums and work beautifully with the copper toned leaves of the Carex comans Bronze Curls. Taller growing perennials are planted adjacent to the raised terrace around the house, so they can be viewed and enjoyed from the house.