Royal Crescent, Bath

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The Brief

The project included both front and back gardens.

The front garden included the area leading to the front door and the area leading to the basement flat reached via the stairs from pavement level. Surrounded by high walls and very much on show to the passing public visiting the Royal Crescent the solution needed to look visually interesting from above as well as at ground level.

The back garden had already been hard landscaped and was designed and implemented by Simon Morray-Jones Architects as part of the overall house refurbishment and renovation. The design was contemporary in layout and materials, including honed Yorkstone paving; an inbuilt clad fireplace and wooden seating area for dining. My job was to dress the garden using soft landscaping elements, which included the lawn, planting, choosing furniture and feature pots and specimen feature plants for the planters.

My design

Pots sourced from Belgium provide the main features for both front and back gardens. A variety of hand made ceramic pots in differing sizes, shapes and colours were chosen to sit beautifully within the landscape and together in clusters.

Planting in the front had to be shade tolerant and include contrasting leaf shapes, colours and textures.

Planting for the back garden was to include plants that evoked a particularly English planting aesthetic so Roses, Alliums, Wisterias, Delphiniums were the star attractions in the main planting bed around the lawn. The chosen colour scheme was silvers, blues, whites and yellows.