Family Garden, Sneyd Park

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The Brief

This medium-sized family garden in Sneyd Park needed to complement the contemporary interior of the house. The garden was also surrounded by a large expanse of stonewalling, the impact of which needed to be toned down.
The need for entertaining space and outdoor dining was required. A low-maintenance planting scheme was also requested.

My design

Where possible the garden was leveled and two seating areas were designed into the new space. Limestone paving comprising two different sized slabs spans the entire length of the house and incorporates slate and clipped box. These design details help break up the overall size of the patio area and adds interest to the scheme. The ‘chill out’ deck platform provides a good-sized area of in-built seating to enjoy the evening sun.

To soften the walls we used rendering on one side of the garden and trellis and planting on the other to hide, this also helps hide the level changes that ran along its length.

The majority of the planting beds are in the shade, so different shapes and textures of leaf were carefully positioned with different shades of green, cream and purples to add interest to the planting. In addition to this the clipped hedges add structure to the overall design, which creates an atmosphere of calm and tranquility. The simplicity of this particular design is the key to its success.