Classic, elegant family garden, Ashtead – National BALI award winner 2018

BALI Award winner 2018

When the client just asks for a beautiful garden to compliment their new home and soften the appearance of the house!

This  garden is part of a new-build property which was lacking any relationship with its setting. The back garden is north-east facing and is characterised by mature trees, mainly Beech trees along its border to the north which contribute to a secluded feel.

The design of the garden encompasses the front, both sides and back garden of the property. A series of rooms have been created, to enhance the appearance of the house, provide a pleasant outlook and connect naturally with the landscape.

The winter border is a particular feature of the garden which is located on an existing elevated part of the garden. A water feature provides the focal point from the kitchen and is surrounded by shade loving plants.

The west side of the house is the perfect spot to enjoy afternoon and evening sun, the ideal setting for an antique bench which the client already owned and which inspired the idea of a ‘Garden within the garden’. The scale of this space is intimate and private, surrounded by herbaceous borders and roses to create a romantic feel. The paths are built using Breedon gravel with a sandstone edge, a drystone wall adds to the character of the seating area around a fire bowl.

Existing grey sandstone pavers have been re-laid and charcoal clay brick pavers have been added to provide a different paving texture. Formal Box hedges frame borders and provide a contrast to informal meadow and perennial planting.


Images Nicola Stocken