Curvy family garden, de Beauvoir Town

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.