Small garden for a professional couple

Project 1 Plan

Small garden for a professional couple – Plan

The Brief

A young professional couple, no children or pets. Both enjoy gardening. They wanted an area for dining out/ entertainment and a water feature. They liked architectural plants/ foliage, subtle and soft flower colours and natural materials. They didn’t want strong bright colours and also didn’t want a lawn.

The Design

The design solution includes two main entertaining areas, away from the house, which are enclosed by mixed planting borders and small ornamental trees to provide a sense of seclusion. Formal elements and planting provide all year round architectural interest. Random rectangular natural stone paving has been used which compliments the boundary wall and house. Natural stone has also been used for the edging and secondary paths (granite setts and gravel).

Shade loving plants, such as Hostas, Ferns and Fatsia japonica

Shade loving plants, such as Hostas, Ferns and Fatsia japonica

A couple of focal points provide interest as you walk through the garden. A third area for relaxation includes a simple stone fountain bringing movement and gentle soothing sounds.
The planting palette is soft pastel colours of white, pinks, blue, lilac and mauve, with a good deal of evergreen foliage. Structural shade loving plants, such as Hostas, Ferns and Fatsia japonica, have been used to draw the eye into the garden, away from neighbouring conifer trees.
With subtle garden lighting the garden is transformed into the perfect place to entertain and admire from the house throughout the year.

The planting palette uses soft, pastel colours

The planting palette uses soft, pastel colours

Small Garden Design & Contemporary City Gardens by Andrew Jordan