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In development - St.Albans Large Tradtional Garden

This commission was for a traditional style garden to include large lawn areas, the existing pond, a walled area with herbaceous borders, a fruit and vegetable garden and large borders for shrubs and trees providing autumn and spring colour and a woodland area incorporating existing Hazel. I have also planted as many scented plants as possible around the new seating areas.

The Tulip tree and existing cedar are iconic parts of the garden around which the design is based. A large patio leads to a sweep of lawn which curves around a new brick patio designed around the existing pond and leading to a walled area.

The curved wall entrance reflects the curves of the lawn and frames the view of the Tulip tree from the house whilst hiding some of the summer borders which will be a surprise when the walled area is entered.

The reproduction old style brick is chosen to reflect the age of the house and has flint detail, which are a feature in the lcal soil. The wall is built using a Flemish bond, high enough to hide the borders beyond and to create a sheltered garden but also low enough to avoid creating heavy shade and to see large shrubs and trees planted behind and beyond.

Brick patios are created at various points in the garden for benches which will provide different views of the garden and are surrounded by scented climbers and shrubs.

Additional planting and finishing is in process and will be completed in spring 2012.

The Client’s testimonial

‘We asked Alison to revamp our garden to reflect our preference for a traditional style, and to recognise that for a family house you need a sizeable amount of lawn. We also wanted a ‘proper garden’ where you actually have to do some gardening, as well as sit and enjoy the finished product.’

‘She has come up with this stunning walled garden idea which makes much better use of the space we have, as well as incorporating our existing mature trees. The garden looks twice its original size and already has more interest than before. We are just waiting for the spring when things will really get going.’

Dermot and Nicki, St.Albans

Before and after

St.Albans large Traditional garden
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