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Original Designs

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Creative Transformations

Original Designs

Inspirational Ideas

Creative Transformations

Original Designs

Inspirational Ideas

Creative Transformations

Gerrards Cross Garden


Being able to enjoy the sun at the best time of the day is a regular requirement in the design of any garden and it was no different in this three-acre plot in Gerrards Cross. Although a large garden, an overgrown raised bed compromised the ideal space to enjoy the afternoon sun. The design objective was simple: to create a sun terrace that would complement a new orangery already underway. New hard landscaping had to integrate all areas around the house without feeling too heavy. Maintaining a sense of seclusion and privacy was paramount while still enabling views out to the neigbouring paddock.

The existing concrete slab patio and raised bed were all removed in favour of a new lounge-style sun terrace and separate dining area, all interlinked with paths laid in a contemporary sawn sandstone slab and decorative clay pavers. Areas to either side of the house were treated sympathetically to ensure continuity from the front to the rear garden. The imposing nature of a neighbouring garden wall was reduced with the planting of six espaliered Quercus ilex to bring greenery and texture to the old brick. The main sun terrace was enhanced with the addition of a self-contained bowl water feature.

Paved areas were softened with plenty of planting for texture and seasonal interest. An oak pergola was installed to divide the rear garden into two halves. In the future, a small grove of ornamental trees is planned providing unbroken views to the paddock beyond. A new perennial style planting scheme, featuring Salvias, Heleniums and grasses, was created to the patio borders, all contained within an Ilex crenata low hedge, while Verbena bonariensis was used to create a tall yet see-through perennial hedge enabling the garden to be enjoyed from the new orangery and adjacent seating areas. Cut-away square beds edged in clay pavers along the sides of the house were planted with white Geraniums and a central Ilex crenata topiary ball.