This large garden was dominated by oversized, evergreen trees, which cut out all the light. The clients wanted an informal garden which would encourage wildlife, a specific area for their children, with a large terrace for entertaining.
A series of curvy paths link new steps from the house to a wildlife pond, which is a magnet for the children, and on to circular lawn and a large terrace. A curved wall, faced with stone, frames the area and provides extra seating. The planting is naturalistic; new trees have light canopies and blossom and berries for different seasons of interest. In the borders, woodland shrubs and ferns give way to long-flowering perennials and grasses. A new, rose-covered pergola near the house is the perfect spot for home-working in the sun.