A Modern Secluded Garden

Inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show, the owners of this garden in Darlington wanted a stylish modern garden in which to entertain and unwind.

An existing travertine patio with broad sweeping steps was to be included in the design and complimented with pathways, a second seating area and increased planting areas.

Upon entering the garden two existing planting beds now give rise to a raised pergola providing privacy from the property next door. Western red cedar panels cover the fence giving a warm honey coloured backdrop to the modular Oceans dining set.

To provide a sense of continuity, the travertine paving continues in a grid around the lawn framing two new planting areas. From the conservatory the paving travels to the revamped shed culminating in a relief sculpture which fragments as it ascends. The shed also has a green roof to attract wildlife and to be viewed from the bedrooms above.

To the rear, the garden is overlooked by several other properties and to add a real sense of privacy an aerial hornbeam hedge has been planted in three tiered layers. These give an immediate sense of style whilst providing summer cover and shade. At the top of the garden sit Chris’s handmade L-shaped benches in matching cedar wood, from here you can view across the garden and to the house making the most of the morning sunshine.

Planting is low maintenance with a mixture of evergreen perennials such as creeping rosemary, Pachysandra terminalis and oriental style grasses such as Ophiopogon japonicus and Hakonechloa macra. Golden bamboo screens the houses to the east, Trachelospermum jasminoides covers the fences providing a delicious scent. Herbaceous perennials such as Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ and Corydalis flexuosa provide splashes of colour throughout the seasons.

Hard Landscaping by Five Stones Landscape Gardening, Timber Work & Sculpture by Eves & Lewis Landscape Design.