Reflection Garden

This compact garden has the lot! There are two terraces with limestone paving, a timber deck abutting a dark reflection water pool, a path through rich planting to a second evening terrace with privacy provided on two sides by pleached hornbeams and specially designed cedar fencing.

Major renovations were being carried out on the house including a timber clad and glass capsule off the sitting room. The client wanted a contemporary garden to complement this. They did not want a lawn, but wanted a well designed architectural space which still had the smell, look and sound of a real’ garden. They wanted lots of seasonal planting which would look stylish and beautiful and, at the same time, attract birds and insects.

Charlotte Rowe Garden Design’s solution was to create a journey through the garden from the upper terrace paved with limestone to a lower secondary paved terrace via a path through creeping thyme and Erigeron karvaniskanus. Off the timber-clad capsule extension is the reflection water and a decked area providing a continuum of timber and water when viewed through the sitting room window leading the eye down to a multi-stemmed specimen tree framed against a feature wall at the end of the garden. This large feature wall screens a garden storage area and is complemented by a smaller wall one next to it.

The planting is a lush mixture of perennials, shrubs and grasses broken into smaller blocks of colour and foliage with a framework of clipped Buxus cubes. The boundaries are enclosed using hand-made cedar fencing and trellis and there is also an L-shaped bench of Western Red Cedar.

Lighting is discreet and subtle and includes lights in the water feature and uplighters for the 12 pleached Carpinus betulus which run along two sides of the garden.