A garden that transports you

This recently finished family garden in Manchester makes you feel like you are on the grounds of a Mediterranean villa.

The curved, white rendered walls make you think of sand and sun. And the wide timber steps feel like they should be leading you down to the water’s edge.

Contemporary garden with Mediterranean feel

The young family that lives here wanted a contemporary outdoor space for family gatherings. The garden is long and spacious with a steep slope near the house. So to make the slope more usable we created four terraced areas: a small paved area to the side of the house, stepping down onto a large hardwood deck, following onto a larger paved area laid with natural sawn sandstone, leading to the curved timber steps, which land on a 5 metre diameter circular hardwood deck.

Circular hardwood timber deck

The upper areas were retained using a rendered wall, which also acts as a dramatic back drop for the circular deck.

A slatted timber fence adds to the modern look of the garden. And simple planting of pennisetum alopecuroides, hemerocallis ‘Stella d’oro’, olive trees and bamboo soften the hard landscaping and add to the exotic feel of the space.


Make a Bold Statement with your Planting

From time to time I come across planting schemes that are quite out of the ordinary. And when I do I try to take a moment to appreciate it.

We have just started work on a garden on the Wirral and I am pleased to say the client has her own bold take on what planting should be.

The image above shows a “hedge” of about 150 crocosmia planted along side a row of 100 miscanthus. This row of planting was made to differentiate between the garden area and several acres of paddock beyond. And it does this with great flare and finesse. 

The miscanthus will grow up to two metres in time, but with the scale of the property and the distant views that won’t be a problem.

As time goes by, in my own planting schemes I am doing more large groupings of the same plants or ‘statement planting’. I have found that using many different species in a planting scheme can create a busy look to the garden. 

Because this garden is on a big scale there was a need for big thinking when it came to the planting. And this has been boldly achieved.

Many thanks to Cherry Batson for inspiring this post.