Our client’s request was to create a beautiful rear family garden with spacious terraces, a large lawn and a playhouse for the children.
We designed the garden with terraces linking each access of the house and the passage to the front the based the lawn and planting scheme on a circular format around the centre point.
This created a large circular lawn with dividing radial borders, disguised radial paths which link the summerhouse and playhouse at the rear of the garden, then a 2nd tier of boundary planting.
The garden is very dry here, the location is within one of the dryer micro climates in Kent, on a pure chalk sub-soil which has free draining properties, great for winter, so great for the hot summers.
Therefore, to make the lawns and planting a success, we designed a Rainwater harvesting system to capture storm water from the roof space, all new terraces and the driveway, a 10000 litre underground tank was installed in the rear garden together with a pumped supply and irrigation system fed by the harvested water.
The build commenced in May with desirable dry weather on our side for the groundwork and tank excavation. We removed 120 tonnes of spoil from the garden, mostly removed from the tank excavation that was approximately 4.5m deep.
Soon after this we trimmed the chalk formation to the correct levels, then installed the hardscape terraces, paths and new boundary fences, underground irrigation pipes and lighting system cables.
It was week 5 before we got some green stuff back onto the landscape, firstly the lawn was laid, then the planting scheme was created.
In week 6 we commissioned the irrigation system, and carried out the final fix on the lighting.
The garden is developing really well, we will update the portfolio with some recent shots soon!