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Lucy really enjoyed designing this family garden. 

It was a real blank canvas with a sloping lawn, odd shaped paved areas and was just generally a bit bland and uninviting.  The clients were after a new contemporary design with various areas to entertain, relax and dine.  An

outdoor kitchen, hot tub, firepit seating and lighting were also on the wishlist.

Lucy split the garden into zones and terraced the lawn.  The new garden would be much more useable and easy to maintain.  Planting was focused around the house and seating areas.

There were areas of deep, dry shade under neighbouring mature trees and also pockets of full sun, so Lucy designed the planting scheme accordingly.  Tree ferns were chosen to add drama against the house and soften the brickwork; with ferns, hostas and hellebores beneath.  Climbers soften the fencing and

long flowering perennials and grasses were specified for areas in the sun, with Stipa gigantea positioned as a focal point to draw the eye and to provide soft screening by the hot tub.

The studio by Green Retreats adds further living space; offering somewhere

to workout out or hangout.

The garden was built by Landscapia following Lucys design and the garden has since been shortlisted for an Association of Professional Landscapers construction award.

Photos by Bair Visuals

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