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With gar­den designer Kate Gould

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - GREEN SPACES -

HIS gar­den be­longs to a cou­ple who had down­sized from a much larger prop­erty with over an acre of land to look af­ter.

The brief was very much a con­tem­po­rary take on a court­yard gar­den that while not main­te­nance free, would be con­sid­er­ably less work than that which they had left be­hind.

Re­quire­ments were fairly straight­for­ward – a green­house and pot­ting shed were to be in­cluded as the own­ers wanted to con­tinue grow­ing veg­eta­bles. They also re­quested a wa­ter fea­ture of some type which was to be new and con­tem­po­rary to con­trast an oth­er­wise mainly tra­di­tional feel.

Since the own­ers de­cided that they did not want a lawn, the plant­ing would need to work es­pe­cially hard dur­ing the win­ter to pro­vide colour and in­ter­est in the ab­sence of a green space. A large per­cent­age of evergreens would there­fore need to be in­cluded in the se­lec­tion while the colour was to be mainly peren­ni­als rather than an­nual bed­ding.

We set about to de­sign what has

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