I won this contact through a recommendation from another client. On initial site visit the front comprised of a concrete slab driveway and small lawn. The North facing back garden had a big slope, was overgrown and in a state of disrepair. After surveying the site I sat down with the client to discuss wish list. The client required ;
- New front driveway, planting and new fence
- New fencing in back garden
- New lawn
- Plenty of area for seating
- New shed
- Low maintenance
- Garden lighting
- Split levels
- Good variety in planting with plenty of colour
- Keep within budget
After a couple of weeks I returned with scaled drawings for front and back gardens. The front garden design included Tegula natural paving, new fence and planting bed to the west side. The beds were slightly raised with Tegula edging blocks to add definition to the area. A larger step was included at front door for greeting guests and to allow enough space for planter to frame front door.
The back garden design was based on soft curves with three distinct levels. The first level was the mixed sized Indian sandstone patio area. This provided plenty of space for entertaining and included two steps and 2 Pergolas. The patio was raised above the second level lawn and bed area. Black limestone was used as the retainer between the two levels. This natural stone feature looked really well when viewed from the bottom of the garden. The curve in front of the natural stone wall was accentuated using Ballylusk gravel mulch planted with Uncina uncinate ‘Rubra’. A mowing edge was included around the lawn area to define space and reduce maintenance. The third level was the meandering raised sleeper bed at the bottom of the garden which lead the eye and patio to the custom built Baumanns 8×6 apex garden shed. Both sides of the garden were enclosed by a stepped hit & miss pressure treated Scandinavian Spruce fence. The hit & miss style is permeable to wind which will extend life and reduce wind turbulence within the garden, it also doubles up as a growing frame for climbers. Low voltage garden lighting system was included with lights strategically placed throughout the garden.
The client wanted as much variety in the planting scheme as possible which would provide colour and interest all year around. Low maintenance was achieved in all beds with the use of Geo-textile matting covered by a mulching layer of 50mm bark mulch. This double layer protection would reduce weeding considerably and keep the garden within the brief of ‘Low Maintenance’. The plants used front and back included Phormium ‘Cream delight’, Phormium ‘Pink Panther’, Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’, Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’, Acer palmatum ‘Sango-Kaku’, Acorus gramineus ‘Variegatus’, Uncina uncinate ‘Rubra’, Geranium ‘Johnsons Blue’, Buxus sempervirens (balls), Diosma ‘Sunset’, Rosmarinus ‘Prostratus’, Astelia chathamica ‘Silver Spear’, Phylostachys ‘Aurea’, Bergenia ‘Blessingham White’, Wisteria sinensis, Polystichum setiferum ‘Dahlem’, Polystrichum setiferum ‘Divisilobum’, Euonymus fortune ‘Silver Queen’, Euonymus alatus, Fatsia japonica, Genista Lydia, Lavandula hidcote, Picea glauca ‘Conica’, Skimmia japonica, Cotoneaster dammerii, Cissus striata, Lonicera japonica’ Halliana’, Passiflora caerulea, Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’, Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’, Hebe sutherlandii, Nandine domestica, Choisya ternate ‘Sundance’, Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’, Crinodendron hookerianum, Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’.
The clients were very happy with their new landscape designer garden. If you require an expert award winning Wicklow landscaper, contact Kevin Baumann on 086 8198444.