Situated near Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, the house accompanying this beautiful garden was most likely built in the early 19th Century. The garden, thankfully, (unlike the monumental Cathedral) didn’t take 74 years to build! It was developed as a family space; oriented around entertainment, being spacious, and dining al fresco.

When designing a garden, it’s great to draw inspiration from all things possible. For example, the design of this garden was influenced by the fact… It was south facing, enabling it to be a lucky sun-trap – certain plants that eat up heaps of sunlight will thrive. There are old rendered walls – ideal for climbing plants (in this particular garden: roses, hydrangeas, etc.) There is unused wall space – perfect to paint white and enable it to be used as a video projector!


That modern use of the all-white wall pleasingly contrasts the old brick ones, both highlighting the style of the white one whilst satisfyingly accentuating the cosiness of the rustic and homely brick walls. Rather than obeying the themes of one single design, don’t be afraid to use differences to your advantage.

As our good man Dumbledore says: Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light. As much as this garden invites a lot of the sun in, it’s important not to forget to maintain your desired ambience as you transition into the evening and night by installing the right garden lighting for you. Some prefer white light; clean, bright, stylish. Others prefer more of an orange-tinted light; warm, cosy, quaint. Try not to underestimate the power of lighting, it controls the atmosphere of an environment.

A section of the floor here is hardwood decking, which benefits from getting away with aging nicely, and is allowed to become distressed. Rather than having one big boring space, the four large majestic Japanese maple trees instead transform the place into more like two sections, creating a more dynamic space.


Rather than letting what may initially seem as weaknesses daunt you, try to think creatively and turn them instead into strengths. Wow, all these philosophical thoughts stemming from garden design. No wonder monks love gardening so much!

Written By – Jessie Hill