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A Modern Japanese Themed Garden

A very large garden, the client requested a contemporary themed garden with a Japanese feel, but with one area much more in keeping with the Japanese ethos of garden design....his secret garden.

It was a large house with an equally large garden, which swept around the plot.It was a large house with an equally large garden, which swept around the plot.

The glazed link between the older and newer parts of the house was particularly key in terms of view line.The glazed link between the older and newer parts of the house was particularly key in terms of view line.

The garden was to have a patio that would link all parts of the house and take you round the plot.The garden was to have a patio that would link all parts of the house and take you round the plot.

The new garden; a softly coloured porcelain patio seeps round the house, framed with planting and gravel areas.The new garden; a softly coloured porcelain patio seeps round the house, framed with planting and gravel areas.

A marble sphere sits on a shallow pool as a water feature, it is linked by a tiled rill.A marble sphere sits on a shallow pool as a water feature, it is linked by a tiled rill.

The tiles in the rill glow in the dark and link the lit up infinity edge hot tub to the water feature.The tiles in the rill glow in the dark and link the lit up infinity edge hot tub to the water feature.

One part of the garden is a simple raked granite chipping area with large feature rocks.One part of the garden is a simple raked granite chipping area with large feature rocks.

The glazed link now has a simple and minimalist courtyard area.The glazed link now has a simple and minimalist courtyard area.

The gravel garden area has a lovely and rare Magnolia planted in it.The gravel garden area has a lovely and rare Magnolia planted in it.

We kept the existing multi stemmed conifer as it had great character.We kept the existing multi stemmed conifer as it had great character.

The grass areas have been reduced and shaped and now flow far better around the plot.The grass areas have been reduced and shaped and now flow far better around the plot.

In the furthest shadier corner of the garden is the little traditional Japanese garden. It was created with many tons of specialist soil and rocks.In the furthest shadier corner of the garden is the little traditional Japanese garden. It was created with many tons of specialist soil and rocks.

We had a lovely rock which lent itself perfectly to a natural looking simple water feature; the team did a great job creating this space.We had a lovely rock which lent itself perfectly to a natural looking simple water feature; the team did a great job creating this space.

Some of the plants for this garden came from a specialist grower and even just after planting it looked as if it had always been there.Some of the plants for this garden came from a specialist grower and even just after planting it looked as if it had always been there.