Last month’s feature garden in Maidenhead with the shutter screen trellis (see work in progress here) is now ready for our client to enjoy over the festive period.
In my opinion the winter months are a good time to consider having your garden landscaped – for one we obviously spend more time indoors at this time of year and it is reassuring to know that come Spring everything is ready to go and you can focus on the planting side of things. A beautifully designed garden can give as much pleasure to look out onto from inside your house as being out in it on a sunny day.
In this case the garden came together with the addition of three main features: a new pond, lawn and paving.
The natural pond
Our client was keen to install a natural pond with no pump and using as little cement as possible in order to attract wildlife such as hedgehogs and frogs. With this is mind we created a gravel and pebbled beach area for easy access for visiting animals. Rocks were recycled from their existing pond and mixed in with new larger rocks to create an attractive surround. A viewing platform and mowing edge was installed using Brett Alpha antique block paving in Autumn Gold. Come Spring, plants will be placed in the pond to assist with the oxygenating process.
New paving areas
A new patio was laid across the back of the house. Our client chose tumbled Indian Sandstone paving in Buff Brown which compliments the brown tones in the bricks of their house. The same paving was installed at the bottom of the garden to create an area for a summer house to sit on. It was also laid to create an attractive base for their viewing bench.
A curved pathway was installed leading from the main patio onto the lawn using the same antique block pavers as those used for the pond viewing platform, above which two wooden arches were installed to add extra interest in the garden.
A new lawn was a must after the extensive landscaping involved in levelling out the steep slope towards the back of the garden. There is nothing like lush looking grass to give a burst of colour and the Everedge lawn edging finish provides a professional look which will last. Its flexible characteristic made it possible to create the lovely curved outline of this lawn and the installation of precise corners. Another advantage of Everedge is that it separates the planting beds from the grass, allowing for easy maintenance and mowing.
Also providing an attractive feature is the raised sleeper bed we constructed to the right of the main patio. Conveniently placed close to the kitchen, our client plans to use as it as a herb garden.
What’s left to do?
Just one very important job left to do, and that’s to plant up the new borders in the Spring, as per Alison’s design plan.