My clients had bought the property four years before our meeting and they were finding the large space a little over whelming. A large patio had already been installed as had a pilates studio. The area in front of the studio was the area we were to work on.
Already separated from the main lawn by shrubs and trees this overgrown area had little appeal. Easy access to the studio was essential from the side gate; also required was pretty planting and a place to catch the last rays of the sun. This part of the garden was to have no lawn, but it was to be soft and colourful, with a feeling of tranquillity.
To match the existing patio we used slate stepping stones through the lawn and into the hidden garden, continuing with a slate chipping path both though the garden and meandering through the generous borders. An old brick wall running the length of the garden was cleaned up a little and was planted with climbers along the length. A gravel seating area was placed next to the studio allowing space for a pretty table and stairs.
The borders were planted with a variety of shrubs to give structure and perennials for colour. Roses and clematis climb obelisks giving height and colour.
Entrance to and from the garden are through rusted metal arches and the garden is enclosed by simple post and rail fencing.
The client has added her own pretty blue bench and pots to match.