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Less is sometimes more: the expanse of close-cut, striped lawn gives the design space to breathe.
To create a truly accessible garden, ensure the garden is level and the pathways at least 1.5m wide to allow wheelchair access. Doorways should be at least 800mm wide.
Focus on foliage for a longer season of interest. The glossy cherry laurel (Prunus laurocerasus) and the conifer are both evergreen, while the fern Dryopteris erythrosora has fronds which are bronze when young maturing to darker green.
Have plenty of seats in different areas to suit the time of day. Moira has morning coffee outside the conservatory, lunch at the table, tea in the garden room, and also occasionally sits on the bench at the end of the garden.
Use a series of circles connected by curving pathways to create informal spaces with softened edges. “It doesn’t come naturally to me to have curves but in a garden you need something gentle,” says Moira.
When you use pots to soften an expanse of paving keep both the planting and the containers’ style and colour consistent for maximum impact.
Black painted fences create a contrasting boundary between the cultivated garden and the meadow leading to the River Wensum which runs parallel to the garden.
Create restful areas where foliage dominates, as here with a stand of bamboo, underplanted with rosemary and sage. A spiky cordyline and the foliage of Tasman flax (Dianella tasmanica) provide a contrast in shape in the foreground of the picture.
Create your own bubble water feature from an earthenware pot and a submersible pump and outlet attachment. Here the gravel in the base echoes the gravel around the outside while the circular shape fits perfectly into the concentric circles of the patio.
Stick to a restricted colour palette to maximise impact. Moira’s favourites are purple and pink, both in flowers (two of her favourites are lavender and hebe) and also echoed in her trug and gardening gloves.
Use different textures in the hard landscaping to create interest. Here the paving slabs are interspersed with gravel. The narrow gaps ensure that wheels will travel smoothly, although Moira does sweep the gravel off the paths regularly.