With garden designer Kate Gould
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