Friday, 17 January 2014

Low-maintenance Contemporary Garden, Wolfreton Garth, Kirkella, East Yorkshire.


This medium-sized garden in Kirkella, East Yorkshire was designed and constructed during the Summer of 2013.

Upon my initial visit, the garden was mainly laid to lawn with an existing large Indian Sandstone whose colour did not compliment the property and the owner didn't like.

The Design Brief was fairly straight-forward. A busy, retired professional lady wanted a garden that was, on the whole, relatively low-maintenance. However, she also wanted some bare earth planting areas where she "could do her own thing" and "potter about" rather than having all the planting areas "membraned" and "mulched".

The main design-feature was to be a large terrace. This patio was constructed from grey/black granite pavers (to harmonize with the property's buff brick colour) and included bands of Silver/Grey granite planks to visually break the area up.

The terrace was large enough to accommodate a large dining area whilst allowing people to stand/circulate.

The majority of the garden's area was laid to fine Nordic granite chippings over a weed-supressing membrane.

To visually break up the vast expanses of paving/gravel, rectangular-shaped planting beds were created. Also 3 no. 18" high, black-stained timber planters were created to add a little height and create focal-points/somewhere to leisurely sit.

The new planting was a mixture of ever-green shrubs and "see-through", wiry herbaceous perennials to provide all-year-round interest. Several white-stemmed Birch Trees were also planted to add height. These also will stand out fantastically against the existing back-drop of mature trees and shrubs in this and neighboring gardens.

The Garden Design work for this scheme took around 1 weeks from start-to-finish. The Garden Construction work for this scheme took around 3 weeks to complete (including planting) and cost circa. £10K in total (Summer 2013 prices).

Location: Kirkella, East Yorkshire, UK.
Client: Private.
Garden Designer: David Beasley.
Landscape Contractor: Ashwood Services https://www.facebook.com/AshwoodServices?fref=ts
Planting: David Beasley and Ashwood Services