My clients live in a family home with a large, well stocked garden. Between the house and garden was an expanse of block paving which was being built into to extend the kitchen, changing the views from the house and also giving an opportunity to update the paving. My brief was to create a low maintenance, family friendly space which will come into its own in summer but give great garden views all year round.
The solution was to replace the paving with a natural stone but make use of the existing sub-base and brick edge. Five new beds were created in the paving itself to break up the space and create a sense of inclusion at the table and chairs, three of which have Amelanchier lamarckii trees to add height and give interest throughout the year. An outdoor kitchen was added near the house with a fabulous Fire Magic grill and storage cupboards. A long pebbledash wall has been covered with horizontal hardwood trellis has been added and a series of benches, bordered with fragrant plants such as chives, lavender, oregano and a gorgeous creeping rosemary which will tumble out of the beds as it grows. Planting in the floor level beds is simple and designed to echo the planting used in the borders in the rest of the garden – Alchemilla mollis, Libertia grandiflora, Allium hollandicum ‘Purple sensation,’ Iris ‘Perry’s Blue,’ Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue.’ Three planters from Capital Garden products hide a draincover and link the modern new extension with the garden.