GARDEN WITH POTS AS FOCAL POINT
The drama of this scheme is created by the use of large feature size pots (1.2m high) and dramatic lighting.
This image is the view down the garden with a simple, curved, stainless steel water feature as another point of interest.
The lighting here is general stainless steel uplighters, with up and down lights behind the pots.
GARDEN WITH POTS AS FOCAL POINT (2)
Each pot is 1.2m high with a clipped box ball. The lights create a silhouette and also offer enough ambient light for nearby eating out.
The off-white rendered wall provides an ideal reflective surface.
This simple driveway scheme seems to take on a different dimension at night. The main feature are the three topiarised hollies (Ilex aguifolium) each lit using a single, high powered uplight each sitting within a clipped box square. With most of our driveway designs we tend to keep planting very simple, often using large bold shapes as sculptural elements.
RAISED ORANGERY GARDEN WITH RENDERED WALLS
This contemporary garden is raised approx 1m higher than the orangery and house level.
It features an ‘L’shaped rendered wall (now used by the client as an outdoor video screen !)
The four uplit cordyline provide an exotic, tropical feel, and the pots provide a focal point.
LARGE CONTEMPORARY SCHEME
The sleek rendered walls and repeated topiary shapes are shown here dramatically lit.
This well considered lighting scheme provides a contrast to the daytime version.
HOT TUB AND DECKED WALKWAY
The original garden was just a grassy steep slope and needed to be terraced in order to create two levels, with interconnecting timber steps leading down to the hot tub.
We used a creamy coloured Travertine limestone for the paving. We were very pleased with the stainless steel planters, each topped with pebbles around the base of a simple standard bay tree.
The stainless steel up-and-downlights create ambient light on the upper terrace and uplight each of the bay trees in a dramatic way.
The original boundary fence is now clad with willow slats, creating a warm looking, natural and contemporary screen.
The plans had to include a hot tub. Hot tubs are never very attractive, so we softened the look using bamboo and other tropical plants.
The client liked the texture of the Travertine limestone paving for its soft, contemporary look as much as its anti-slip qualities for those going to and from the hot tub with wet feet!
In a few years, the planting around the hot tub will have matured creating a semi-tropical effect round the spa.
Bay tree (laurus nobilis)
Black bamboo (phillostachys nigra)
See a before picture or plan
A FAMILY GARDEN IN BOLTON
Click on the before image above to see the dramatic transformation of this garden.
This family garden needed to be divided into two levels. We did this creatively using a curved rendered wall that wraps around a beautiful circular hardwood deck. We completed the look with sympathetically curved steps connecting the two levels. The family now has several options of play areas and entertaining zones.
We used western red cedar slats to upgrade the basic fencing and the subtle up-and-down lights bring the rendered walls to life at night. There are LED deck lights spaced at one metre internals around the circular deck and there are a number of stainless steel uplights highlighting foliage.
CONTEMPORARY GARDEN ON THE WIRRAL
This garden was originally just a large expanse of lawn. And the clients wanted to transform it into a garden where they could relax and enjoy the outdoors that was visually interesting when viewed from the house.
This view shows just a small part of the large back garden with a beautiful hardwood deck, raised planters and a stainless steel water feature.
The lighting has plenty of accent to it and provides ample ambient light for entertaining and sitting out on the deck.
The main lighting is achieved using a series of stainless steel spike spot up lighters, which use LED lamps and run off a 12 volt system.
LIGHTING FOR WATER FEATURES
This garden lighting scheme beautifully highlights the two free standing stainless steel water features that decorate this very contemporary garden scheme.
Our clients have a young family and are keen to use their garden for entertaining and eating out in the day and in the evening.
Behind the large water feature is a red feature wall, which is lit independently from the back garden wall.
The water feature produces a soothing sounds, which helps to soften the sound of the nearby traffic.