The brief from my clients was very clear – to create a mobility friendly garden which flowed from one section to another. The clients were keen to get rid of their existing lawn which suffered from bad drainage and surface water pooling and to use stone and gravel to create an oasis of tranquility where they could easily get around, relax and entertain.
Access from the conservatory was a key consideration and had to be completely redesigned for scooter access and mobility. The solution was a curved path flowing out from the door on both the left and right hand sides to provide seamless access to a new patio and a second seating area.
A french drain was also included to solve the bad water drainage problem. The hard landscaping was all done by Mike Kynock of Landscaping & Property Care and his team using Raj Blend Sandstone and Cotswold round gravel.
The garden was completely overgrown with fences falling down under the weight of rampant honeysuckle and clematis montana and ad hoc planting with no consideration given to providing interest throughout the year. A wooden trellis across the end of the garden was built to provide privacy from the communal path across the ends of the gardens and planted with evergreen honeysuckle, clematis and fragrant rambling roses to provide a vista from the back of the cottage.
A new pergola was also commissioned to better show off the existing climbing roses and new wisteria and clematis were also added.
The planting is structured with evergreen shrubs and roses and complimented with bee loving cottage perennials such as nepeta, astrantias, scabiosas, salvias and hardy geraniums. Mass planting of pink and purple tulips and white and pale yellow narcissi add a splash of colour from March through to May.