An Art Deco Garden for a plantswoman in this Surrey landscape design

The client has lived in the house for a number of years and is currently renovating parts of the house. A keen gardener with an inherited garden, she is struggling to see what works in the space and where she should begin with regard to re-styling the garden. The client installed a pond a year or so ago which she would like to retain in the design. Directly outside the back door there is a small area before the garden levels up. The client would like to increase the size of this space to allow for a larger table when entertaining and socialising with friends. She would also like to ‘grow her own’ and to this end has a greenhouse and raised bed at the bottom of the garden. The house is Edwardian and the client is keen to reflect the age and style of the house in the final design.

The client has lived in the house for a number of years and is currently renovating parts of the house. A keen gardener with an inherited garden, she is struggling to see what works in the space and where she should begin with regard to re-styling the garden. The client installed a pond a year or so ago which she would like to retain in the design. Directly outside the back door there is a small area before the garden levels up. Gill would like to increase the size of this space to allow for a larger table when entertaining and socialising with friends. She would also like to ‘grow her own’ and to this end has a greenhouse and raised bed at the bottom of the garden. The house is Edwardian and the client is keen to reflect the age and style of the house in the final design.

 The area directly adjoining the house will be surfaced with mint fossil sandstone paving laid in a random pattern. An arced rendered block wall will retain the change in level in the space, with curved terraced steps leading to the upper section of the garden. Seating in the lower area will be provided by a concave timber bench fixed to the retaining wall.

A serpentine pathway edged with black limestone setts will arc down the garden around a central lawn . The first half of this path will be surfaced in mint fossil sandstone, while the second half will be surfaced with a buff self-binding aggregate (hoggin). The two halves of the path will be joined by a small oval patio in mint fossil sandstone.  A series of tall timber arches will frame the first section of the path, adding height and a sense of journey to the space. The second section of the path will feature an edging of step-over fruit trees between the path and the lawn.

A group of tapering raised beds constructed from railway sleepers will add a little height and depth to the bottom of the garden.

The existing pond will be improved with the addition of a slate rockery waterfall. A slate chip dressed sunken rill will snake down the garden towards the house, following the curve of the path. At the end will be a self-contained water feature, consisting of a flat slab of slate over which water is fed to cascade into a slate dressed reservoir below.

 

Latin Name Common Name
Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Garnet’ Japanese Maple
Aconitum nepellus Monkshood
Alchemilla mollis Lady’s Mantle
Allium christophii Ornamental Onion
Allium ‘Mount Everest’ Ornamental Onion
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ Japanese Anemone
Aquillegia ‘Black Barlow’ Granny’s Bonnet
Aquilegia ‘Ruby Port’ Granny’s bonnet
Astrtantia major ‘White giant’ Masterwort
Camellia japonica ‘Nobilissima’ Camellia
Choisya ternata Sundance Mexican Orangeblossom
Clematis armandii Clematis
Clematis montana var.grandiflora Clematis
Clematis var. purpurascens ‘freckles’ Clematis
Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ Daphne
Digitalis purpureum f. albiflora Foxglove
Dryopteris erythrosora Buckle Fern
Epimedium x youngianum ‘Niveum’ Barrenwort
Euphorbia mellifera Honey spurge
Fatsia japonica Japanese Aralia
Festuca Glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ Blue fescue
Geranium ‘Johnsons blue’ Cranesbill
Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’ Avens
Hemerocallis ‘Catherone Woodbery’ Day Lilly
Hemerocallis ‘Frans Hals’ Day lilly
Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ Coral Bells
Heuchera ‘Chocolate Ruffles’ Coral Bells
Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris Hydrangea
Hydrangea quercifolia Snow Queen Oak-leafed hydrangea
Iris ‘Jane Phillips’ Iris
Iris sibirica ‘Caesars Brother’ Iris
Iris sibirica ‘Linda May’ Iris
Iris sibirica ‘Snow Queen’ Iris
Lavandula angustifolia ‘hidcote’ Lavander
Lobelia Cardinalis ‘Queen Victoria’ Cardinal Flower
Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’ honeysuckle
Lysimachia atropurpurea ‘Beaujolais’ Loosestrife
Lysimachia ephemerum Loosestrife
Magnolia ‘Susan’ Magnolia
Malus – apple  Crab apple
Malus- Pear Crab apple
Papaver orientale’Beauty of Livermere’ Oriental Poppy
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’ Fountain Grass
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’ Kohuhu
Rosa ‘The Generous gardener’ Rose
Sedum spectabile ‘Brilliant’                                            Ice Plant
Stipa tenuissima Mexican Feather Grass
Trachelospermum asiaticum Jasmine
Wisteria sinensis Chinese Wisteria
Verbena bonariensis Verbena