Relaxing Garden Design

Relaxing Garden Design

Relaxing Garden Design

This garden design plan transformed an existing neglected garden in a built up area, into a beautiful relaxing garden designed to complement a newly renovated house and open up the views of the garden from the house into the landscape beyond.    The garden design is based on a rectangular pattern chosen to give a generous space for a central lawn to help to make the garden appear larger.

The patio adjacent to the house was laid at the same level as the floor level of the house and was finished in paving set off by a border of grey granite cobbles around the outside.      Two L-shaped limestone finished walls frame the patio and are capped in bull nosed grey granite to enable the walls to double as seating when required.    A set of central steps which widen as

Garden Design Plan

Garden Design Plan

they go down, thereby opening the patio out into the garden, lead off the patio down onto the lawn.   From the bottom of the steps a stepping stone path starts and continues through the lawn before dividing in two to reach a Pergola in one corner and a garden shed in the opposite corner.  The garden shed is nicely screened by a fence made from narrow wooden laths running horizontally.  The Pergola which is positioned in the south-east corner is L shaped and allows for seating underneath for relaxation and enjoyment.    

Pergola

Pergola

The rear of the garden is finished in a plastered wall capped with decorative metal screens, which were designed to allow light through and only partial screen the views of the landscape beyond.  Borders filled with Lavender were included in the walls around the patio to soften this space when viewed from the windows of the house and borders filled with flowering shrubs, trees and perennials wrap around the rest of the garden to help make this garden a lovely relaxing and peaceful garden space designed to help you relax and unwind after city life. 

Beautifully designed by Garden Design Dublin and expertly constructed by Shane O’Dea Landscapes

Garden Design

Garden Design

 

Small Garden Design with Great Lighting

Garden Design Plan

Garden Design Plan

 

This garden was created to transform a small rectangular garden in a new housing development in north Wicklow into a lovely outdoor space which could be enjoyed during the day and night.    The existing garden was as the builder had left it and contained just a patio and a lawn.   It was uninteresting and not very attractive to look out onto from the large feature windows at the rear of this lovely new home.    There were also four very large manholes in the lawn which were really badly placed and  unattractive.

Existing Garden

Existing Garden

The new garden design transformed this rectangular space and created a softer garden by curving the lines around the garden.   A new more modern porcelain patio was introduced with a curved edged connecting to the lawn which flowed around the garden in a semi-circular shape.   The new  patio was larger than previously and flowed into an area designed to set off the BBQ with built-in seating at both sides, creating a lovely feature within the garden.

Corten Steel Panels at Night

Corten Steel Panels at Night

 

 

 

The lawn was relaid backed up by curvaceous borders sweeping around the garden filled with  attractive plants which will further soften the hard lines of the boundaries when mature.   

A natural stone water feature was settled into one corner in a gravel bed to add a lovely feature and the soft sound of moving water into the garden.   Finally, the heat exchanger which is an unattractive inclusion in a lot of new houses and was positioned just adjacent to the patio was on clear view from the feature window of the house.   This was camouflaged by two feature decorative corten steel panels set at an angle.  

 

 

 

BBQ area at Night

BBQ area at Night

This garden is now a very attractive garden and is lovely to enjoy during the day, however, it comes alive at night when the outdoor lighting is operating.   The corten steel panels really glow in the light and the wood paneling behind the BBQ comes to life with up down lighters adding great atmosphere to the garden.    

Beautifully designed by Garden Design Dublin and expertly constructed by DJ Landscapes

 

Garden Design for the Room to Improve Garden in Ashford

Feature Wall and Steel Sphere

Feature Wall and Steel Sphere Water Feature

We were delighted to have designed the garden at the recent home renovation project in Ashford on the Room to Improve TV show.     It turned out beautiful and really complimented the house.   For those of you who would like to know more about the garden we thought we would create this blog to give you a few more details.   The garden before renovations started was on a slope and contained mostly a lawn with some paving and was surrounded by mature hedging on three sides.    The slope gave us the opportunity to create some attractive terracing in the back garden.  We retained the mature hedging around the garden to maintain the privacy it gave to the rear garden and

Room To Improve Ashford Garden Design

Room To Improve Ashford Garden Design

to ensure a good backdrop to the new gardens.    The house and garden are set in an attractive rural setting with lovely views to the front of the house and we wanted to make sure that these views were retained.    

BACK GARDEN

The back garden was transformed into a gorgeous contemporary garden designed to complement the house and meet the requirements of the family.    We divided the garden into three different levels, the main patio wrapping around the house,  the

Room to Improve Ashford Garden

Room to Improve Ashford Garden

middle level patio and the lawn at the top-level.  The main materials used in the rear garden were porcelain paving complimented by oatmeal granite wall capping, steps and cobbles.  We created a wall at right angles to the house on one side of the garden, to hide the unexpected concrete block bike shed already built adjacent to the hedge on this side of the garden.    This also provided the opportunity to create some attractive features alongside this wall which was on full view from the feature windows of the house.    The features included an amazing steel sphere water feature which looks great during the day and when lit up at night.    

 

A built-in gas fire surrounded on two sides by a wooden bench is a great feature which we added to the 

Steel Sphere Water Feature at night

Steel Sphere Water Feature at night

patio adjacent to the house to allow the garden to be used on cooler summer evenings.   We also created a raised border just outside the feature window of the main living space to allow the placement of the gorgeous Butterfly Statue which can clearly be seen from within the house both during the day and in the evenings. 

There was a wonderful mature tree in the garden at the top-level which we emphasized within the design by surrounding it in a bed of gravel edged in oatmeal granite cobbles.  The cobbles continue around the lawn to emphasize the rectangular shapes of the lawn and ease lawn maintenance.     

The planting in the back garden included three feature Laurus lusitanica balls on a clear stem set against the feature wall adjacent to the water feature,  which together create a wonderful vista during the day or night.   Box hedging was used to frame the borders adjacent to the paving and to soften this, the other planting in this area  included, Roses, Crocosmia, Nepeta, Salvia, Asters, Sedum and Carex.  The planting

Butterfly Statue and Gas Fire Pit

Butterfly Statue and Gas Fire Pit

surrounding the lawn at the top-level included a feature japanese maple, Acer Sango Kaku plus a selection of shrubs such as Euonymus, Fushcia, Hydrangea, Spiraea and Weigela with some perennials, ferns and grasses including Geraniums, Helleborus and Liriope.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRONT GARDEN

The front garden was kept very simple to allow the facade of the house with its wooden fins to be the main

Room to Improve Ashford Front Garden

Room to Improve Ashford Front Garden

feature.  The garden features a small patio directly outside the feature windows of the kitchen to allow for the clients to enjoy the lovely views out from this space.    This space is surrounded by planting which included a few structural box balls of three different sizes to hold the planting in the winter,  set in a bed of mediterranean planting including Lavender, Agapanthus, Erysium, Santolina, Cistus, Aubretia and Iberis.    The feature tree in this area is a Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ which is also used in the raised bed running down this side of the house to create some screening of the side of the house.     

The rest of the front garden is divided into two areas, a path that runs from the roadside to the front door and across the front of the house,  which is finished in oatmeal granite paving.  There is also a large driveway for parking which is finished in the same oatmeal granite but using the smaller cobble size.  We set this at a 45 degree angle to the paths which together with the size of the cobbles versus the paving slabs, creates a textural difference between the path and the parking area and emphasizes the difference between the two areas.  The rest of the planting in the front garden included a portuguese laurel hedge across the front of the garden which it is intended should be maintained as a low hedge to allow the views out to the countryside to be enjoyed and long shrub border adjacent to the driveway which included varieties of Abelia, Ceanothus, Choisya, Diosma, Hebe, Pieris, Pittosporum, Sarcocoa, Skimmia and Viburnum.    

Room to Improve Ashford Garden

Room to Improve Ashford Garden

 

The whole garden, both front and back turned out really gorgeous and we think complimented this  ‘Room to Improve’  house beautifully.   Compliments have to go to DJ Landscaping who constructed the garden expertly following our design.  https://www.djlandscapes.ie/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gorgeous Garden Design…..Designed for Entertaining

Gorgeous Garden Design

Gorgeous Garden Design

This gorgeous garden design, which is located near Blackrock, Co Dublin transformed an existing old garden into a wonderful, soft and relaxing garden designed to complement the house and provide spaces for dining, BBQ’ing and relaxing with friends.    The design worked with an existing patio adjacent to the house and is based on two interlocking half circles which lead you down the garden to enjoy both the views of the garden itself and beautiful building behind.    

Feature Garden Aubergine Wall

Feature Garden Aubergine Wall

Two raised beds were built adjacent to the existing patio to frame the view’s out into the garden and to create a more enclosed feeling on the patio.  The patio was also enhanced by the limestone finish on the walls of the raised beds and a feature wall, painted a rich aubergine colour which has three feature pots set to its fore.   The raised beds wrap around on one side of the garden to link to another  new smaller granite patio adjacent to the  boundary where a BBQ is set snuggly within the raised beds, with space  in front to socialize comfortably with friends while BBQing.  

 A beautiful lawn, edged in mixed granite cobbles of oatmeal and silver, is a central feature within the garden.  It is linked to the a gravel finished fire pit area set at the end of the garden which is  accessed by a casual 

Suspended Garden Bench

Suspended Garden Bench

stepping stone path through the lawn. 

The  fire pit itself and the rear of the seat are made from grey limestone walling stone to match the raised beds adjacent to the patio and a wooden bench is suspended invisibly from the wall to provide casually seating by the fire pit.  This creates a wonderful feature which is both attractive to view from within the house and to enjoy when in the garden.    An attractive garden building is set into the north corner of the garden, partially camouflaged by planting and accessed via the fire pit area.    The garden is encircled by  planting which on maturity will create a lush backdrop with lots of variation in texture and colour to enhance the feeling of enclosure.       

 Beautifully designed by Garden Design Dublin and expertly constructed by Davidstown Landscaping. 

BBQ Area

BBQ Area

Gravel Fire Pit Area

Gravel Fire Pit Area

Garden Log Store

Garden Log Store