Sometimes a new Garden Design Plan for the whole garden is not required and to just address the one or two areas of the garden which will make the most impact on the usability and visual appeal of your outdoor space is what is needed. In this garden the clients just wished to re-design the patio area closest to the house to transform it into a real contemporary outdoor living space. We therefore compiled a Garden Design Plan solely for this area of the garden which is loacted in Castleknock, Dublin.
The clients wanted a real contemporary patio, adjacent to the large glass doors and windows into the main living areas of their house. They
wanted an enclosed space and already had a retractable awning fitted over this area, but they found that without an integrated design they were still not getting the most use of this space. To create a feeling of enclosure we therefore designed a cedar clad backdrop in the corner where a new outdoor lounging suite was to be situated. A larger patio was designed as part of the Garden Design Plan using contemporary paving materials laid in a regular square pattern to create a clean sharp finish. The new patio leads via a few steps to new paths running adjacent to the rear of the house
Awning over Lounging Space
and down the side of the garden to link the new patio to the existing garden. Raised planters were built to soften the design with cedar capping of the walls to compliment the cedar backdrop to the lounging area and to allow them to double as seating if needed. One of the raised planters was built with stone walls to link it to the same stone used elsewhere in the existing garden which enabled us to pull the whole garden together as one cohesive and seemless garden design.
Art Deco Garden Design
When completing a garden design for any client one always has to take into account, the individual clients specific requirements including likes, dislikes, needs and wants. However, sometimes one comes across clients with very specific needs. In this case the clients had an extensive collection of outside sculptures, including both modern pieces and art deco. They loved visiting salvage yards and had also acquired a large collection of salvaged landscaping materials, including old Dublin reclaimed bricks,
Brick Wall with Blue Tile Detail
terracotta tiles of many sizes and shades, old chimney pots and many other interesting items. They wanted to use as much of their collection in the new garden design.
The garden itself was not large and was quite narrow relative to its width, it was located in a mature old area of south Dublin with a terraced brick frontage. The garden design transformed the garden into an attractive and usable outdoor space to compliment the house and provide a wonderful backdrop for the client’s art deco collection. The design incorporates free-flowing curving lines and soft planting schemes to produce a garden which entices you out into it to
explore and enjoy. Reclaimed bricks, terracotta tiles and the client’s collection of salvaged building materials were used throughout the design to create a truly original garden which is a haven to escape into and relax. The design was developed to allow the placement of the Art Deco collection around the garden so that it was set off to its best advantage to be admired and enjoyed.
Contemporary Courtyard Garden Design
Sometimes a small space can seem the most challenging to design. However, this is the size you really can treat like an outdoor room and if you apply the same principles the results can be wonderful. This small garden measures only 3.4m wide by 6.5m long and is surrounded on three sides by large windows which open into the rooms of the house. It was therefore very important that the garden was good to look at all year around from the windows of the house
and that it really does function like an outdoor room.
The courtyard was divided into two areas, a small deck and an adjacent lawn which were pulled together by surrounding them in sandstone cobbles in a lovely warm colour called camel dust. As the couple have a small child they still wanted to have a lawn but they did not want the work associated with grass so we opted for artificial grass. We paired this with a composite deck in a lovely soft grey tone.
Some planting is always needed in even the smallest garden to soften the surrounding hard
Courtyard Garden Design
landscaping, so we positioned two raised beds against the boundary fence flanking an area where a special piece of sculpture or small water feature could be positioned at a later date. To add height and a feeling of enclosure to this space we built a single flying pergola adjacent to the fence and planted climbers which will eventually climb up the pergola and drape down creating a green canopy along this boundary.
The fence and raised borders was painted off white to match the walls of the house and the pergola was painted a lovely soft blue shade to match the doors. This combination of colours
Courtyard Before Garden Design
which compliments the house beautifully pulls the whole design together creating a wonderful outdoor space which will truly become an outdoor room for this family.
Formal Parterre Front Garden
Design Plan for Parterre
A lot of people would think that formal parterre gardens are a thing of the past or something for only very large gardens on country estates. Think again, as you can make a lovely statement in any garden front or back garden if you wish with a formal parterre. In this case we were asked to re design the front garden of a period style home in south Dublin and totally transformed the garden into a formal parterre which beautifully compliments the house. We used soft red bricks in a basket weave pattern to create a straight path to the front door and then continued the brick around the parterre to create a formal arrangement of borders surrounded by paths of gravel.
Garden Before Transformation
A central feature standard laurel was used as a gorgeous focal point in the centre of the parterre under planting it with two circles of low growing hedges in varying colours and textures which will eventually grow and be maintained at two different heights. Box balls were used on the corners of the parterre for added formality and structure, off setting the more informal plantings of mixed perennials in the other borders to soften the effect. A range of plants and bulbs were used to give colour from spring to autumn, but we used mostly only white flowering plants with a touch of purple.
Whilst planting this garden we received an unexpected number of queries, compliments and questions from passer bys and neighbours as they were all looking forward to see how it would turn out. I can’t wait to see it in flower next year and I am sure it will not disappoint the neighbourhood!