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This contemporary garden in Silchester, Berkshire is around 18 metres square and overlooked on all sides. The brief was to create a contemporary garden with clean lines and not too much planting. The clients wanted to introduce some structure and interest to the garden, creating distinct areas for eating, relaxing and catching the evening sun. An existing water feature was to be retained and a statue incorporated into the scheme.

I created three different areas each with their own function. There is a built in seating area in the corner that gets the last of the day’s sun. The dining terrace outside the kitchen has been extended and enclosed with a raised border. The terrace outside the lounge is enclosed with trellis screening and an archway to the rear of the garden – it will be finished with black rattan sofas and a coffee table. A pergola covers the built-in seating area and runs along the bottom of the garden which gives this area a distinct character – cool and shady in the heat of the day. The built in seating area is given extra privacy by fixing 50mm batons horizontally to the wooden pergola posts set into the walls, giving it an intimate, enclosed atmosphere.

Raised borders have been constructed using blockwork walls with a rendered finish. The walls are painted white and all wood is stained black – a great colour to use as a backdrop for plants.

Paths are self-binding gravel which crunches beautifully underfoot without giving that horrible sinking feeling of walking on ordinary gravel. The paths are edged with 100mm square black granite setts where they join the lawn.

The planting features low, clipped Box cubes that anchor the corners of the walls and the pergola posts, providing structure and emphasizing the garden’s architecture. The rest of the planting is a mixture of silver and dark purple foliage and grasses. There are some palms, at the client’s request, which work well with the other, mostly foliage plants, and give some extra texture to the planting scheme.

Low-maintenance perennials including some gorgeous double white paeonies (Duchesse de Nemours), Veronicastrum, Echinops, Japanese Anemones, andHemerocallis give splashes of seasonal colour. Climbers have been chosen for scent, and seasonal colour – Trachelospermum jasminoides, Actinidia Kolomikta, Clematis, Lonicera, Vitis Coignetaie, Vitis Vinifera. The statue is used as a focal point at the end of the pergola. A mirror supported in a custom built frame serves the dual function of reflecting the statue and hiding a particularly ugly, but necessary piece of construction. The mirror also creates a false perspective, giving the impression that the garden continues beyond the boundary.

Finishing touches will include some tall pots with box balls, cushions for the built-in seats, new furniture and lighting.

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