Our clients for this garden are both artists, and their creativity can be seen throughout their home. We were asked to develop a design for their existing garden that they can build on their own terms. Our constraints were an existing vegetable patch close to the house, and mature apple trees and a shed with compost area to the rear of the garden. Our clients wanted to expand their fruit, vegetable and cut flower growing capabilities whilst keeping a desinated ornamental garden area.
We divided areas of the garden with pleached fruit trees that will provide light screening whilst still allowing for perennial borders below. A tiled mosaic by Alex Zdankowicz will form the centre piece of the terrace, with steps down to the lawn that sweeps through the garden following a gentle curve with borders that will lead you into the garden to explore.
Our creative concept was to take the well known Edward Lear poem ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ to give narrative to the garden, allowing us to create dancing, topiary animal forms that punctuate the flow of the borders, where swirls of flowering perennials, grasses and clipped shrubs create a sea of texture leading to the boat-shaped arch, beyond which lies a moon-shaped carved wooden bench around a firepit as well as additional vegetable beds.