Now that the children had left home, it was time for this split-level garden to evolve into an adult space with areas to relax, socialise and become immersed in the play of nature.
The design concept maximises the contours of the existing landscape to reveal discrete retreats, numerous focal points and tiers of character.
Previously an imposing mass of overgrown rhododendrons, new terracing with a waterfall opens up the north-facing bank to bring in more light, wildlife and biodiversity. The corten steel-clad terrace walls are the perfect backdrop to an amphitheatre of colourful, cascading planting – the material weathering into a variety of russet tones that give it life of its own.
Terrace paths lead to a decked firepit area overlooking the lower garden, and to the ‘Gin Terrace’ which maximises the last of the evening sun and looks back towards the house. A millstone water feature with pebble-mosaic surround provides a focal point from across the garden. The birds that love to bathe and drink there are centre stage.
Photography by Lucy Shergold.