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A Garden With A Japanese Twist

A wide and not too deep garden, looking very tired and in places overgrown. A lovely new extension was not given the impact it deserved with its tired surroundings. My clients were after a garden with a difference, modern and soft but with touches in a Japanese theme, be it contemporary in feel. It was important to rationalise the levels to make it easier to navigate all around the garden. This garden is still very young, only planted late autumn 2019; a bit more planting in spring 2020 and time will lead to it reaching its full potential.

Survey day; a very tired and slippy softwood deck wrapped around the house.Survey day; a very tired and slippy softwood deck wrapped around the house.

The upper lawn level and small patio area; the garden was not easy to navigate between the two levels.The upper lawn level and small patio area; the garden was not easy to navigate between the two levels.

After extensive clearance, work is under way. Raised beds being added in oak sleepers.After extensive clearance, work is under way. Raised beds being added in oak sleepers.

One of two new water features, this one bespoke using stacked slate and a copper pipe...so the water trickles down the face and is up-lit from the ground.One of two new water features, this one bespoke using stacked slate and a copper pipe...so the water trickles down the face and is up-lit from the ground.

This corner of the garden has a authentic Japanese water feature of granite bowl and bamboo water spout. Planting would soften the effect.This corner of the garden has a authentic Japanese water feature of granite bowl and bamboo water spout. Planting would soften the effect.

The new areas on the house level can now be seen; London Stone external porcelain along the larger bi-fold doors. Then a contrasting dark grey composite deck (also from London Stone) along the extended part of the house.The new areas on the house level can now be seen; London Stone external porcelain along the larger bi-fold doors. Then a contrasting dark grey composite deck (also from London Stone) along the extended part of the house.

Feature slate rocks set in gravel areas softened with planting continue the overall theme.Feature slate rocks set in gravel areas softened with planting continue the overall theme.

Feature vertical posts has adjacent planting that softens them and provides interesting contrasts in texture and form.Feature vertical posts has adjacent planting that softens them and provides interesting contrasts in texture and form.

A stepping stone path and an improved flow of paths and routes around the garden means much better access and movement around the whole garden. Raised planting around the lower level will add a feeling of improved depth to the garden.A stepping stone path and an improved flow of paths and routes around the garden means much better access and movement around the whole garden. Raised planting around the lower level will add a feeling of improved depth to the garden.