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Original Designs

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Creative Transformations

Original Designs

Inspirational Ideas

Creative Transformations

Original Designs

Inspirational Ideas

Creative Transformations

Japanese-inspired Garden



The client wanted to transform this small, shady garden taking the Japanese-style garden as its inspiration. The existing expanse of lawn was completely removed and replaced with rose-tinted gravel and smooth, polished red pebbles. Granite spheres, or ishi booru, were used to complete the effect with their spherical shape being echoed by adjacent evergreen box balls that were used to frame either side of a brick-edged pathway that leads to a round seating area.

Acers, azaleas, bamboos and grasses were selected for their Asian origins, while herbaceous perennials, such as penstemons and shade-loving hellebores and ferns, add colour, texture and year-round interest. Low-growing, carpeting plants link the rectangular and the round garden areas. A small pagoda acts as a focal point while bespoke containers add to the garden’s style.