Large contemporary family garden design in West Common

 Garden before construction


The Family had reached a point where the garden no longer worked for them. Their three children had grown out of the climbing frame yet still wanted a large lawn on which to play tennis, badminton and swing ball.


The site had some major issues. Prevailing south westerly winds gathered force as they rolled across the fields beyond the garden. And although the countryside beyond created a beautiful vista, some protection from these stiff breezes was needed as my clients wanted to dine out in the summer with friends and family without being blown away.


Large Carpinus betulus ‘Lucas’ trees were planted as wind breaks above hedge level, positioned to allow a view of the prettiest section of the landscape from both dining deck and master bedroom.


Where the garden had previously slid gently downhill, it was felt that the change in level should be exploited and made more distinct.

The dining deck was therefore sited at the highest point of the garden and the lounging area was sunk down into the lowest end.


Smooth sawn sandstone was teamed with Millboard deck in complementary colours to create the level changes.


Outside the room most used by the family, an elegant bubbling pool was created as the main focal point. This area of patio was still large enough to take the requisite table-tennis table. Fortunately ping-pong balls float!


Box balls which echo the formality of the existing hedges, are surrounded by lush grass and perennial planting, softening the edges of the hard landscaping. The planting becomes less formal as it moves out into the garden towards the countryside.


“Gilly worked at length with us to create a garden that works for our family! We are more than delighted with the results. Gilly’s careful planting plans provide colour and interest throughout the year and have made our garden a space that all our family can enjoy whether entertaining or running around!”

J & J B. West Common, Harpenden

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