A garden which only flowers in July
We were approached by clients in Staverton, Northamptonshire to produce a detailed garden design. The brief was to focus on improving the structure of their garden and at the same time create a Planting Design Plan providing year round interest.
“Stuart produced a lovely creative design. His hard work, meticulous preparation of the ground and attention to detail means we’ll enjoy our garden for years.”
The garden space was such that it provided a fantastic opportunity to produce a feature, a circular brick path, which would not only connect elements of the garden together, but also link in with the house architecture. Hebes line the path, softening the design, thereby providing harmony by joining the planting and hardscape together. The design also incorporates a new patio near the house and a secondary patio to take in the afternoon summer sun. There is a corner of the garden, visible from the house, which is used for storage and an element of the design saw the introduction of stepped willow fence panels, providing seclusion.
A Planting Design Plan was produced with an emphasis on ensuring that the ‘right plants are in the right place’. Not an easy task for this project, as the aspect across the site is such that there are 3 borders and each have differing hours of sunlight. Consequently the herbaceous plants and shrubs selected are appropriate for each location.
Garden Clearance & Build
Following the Design stages, a contractor was employed to undertake the building of the patios and circular path. We undertook garden clearance at the same time, working closely together and within a couple of weeks, the second stage of the project was complete. At all times during the build phase, project monitoring was in place ensuring the build met the agreed design criteria.
Another important phase of the project, ensuring that the ground is prepared in readiness for the planting. Undertaken prior to the Winter, organic matter was dug in to improve the soil structure, water holding capacity, drainage and also to encourage the growth of micro-organisms.