Contemporary garden without constraints


Garden project: design for a contemporary space


The owner of this newly built property wanted to have a garden with a ‘wow’ factor.
The owner of this newly built property wanted to have a garden with 'wow' factor. We are often asked to come up with creative ideas for new gardens. It's a great opportunity to do something really different and special. As with most newly built houses, the garden was a completely blank canvas - there we no constraints. However, as with many newly built gardens, the subsoil was poor, which isn't good for new plants. The back of the garden is bordered by a very attractive stone wall, and one side is the wall of a garage clad in wood but there was no height in the garden.
The design centred on extending the interior of the house, which was decorated in a contemporary style, into the garden.  The owner wanted the planting to have some evergreen element but with seasonal colour. Jamie worked with the owner to interpret his ideas and bring them to life. Inspired by the owner's artwork, the design of the hedges, grasses and rill became an extension of the house into the garden, incorporating a wonderful corten steel water feature, clean decking and block planting.
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The mirror pool is surrounded by a mixed hardwood decking, complimenting the corten steel. We used a black dye in the water to enhance the reflective quality. Structural planting of yew hedges as a backdrop to wafting grasses and hydrangea 'Annabelle' give the garden an ethereal feel the colour scheme was chosen to be muted and calm, and to provide subtle colour through the seasons so that well into the autumn the hydrangeas are a lovely, deep bronze colour.

Garden before

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Garden after

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