Contemporary Garden, St Albans
On this project the clients were daily commuters to London, whose busy lifestyles had come at the expense of their garden. Left untended a number of tree seedlings had taken root, which were blocking out the sunlight to the house and stifling the smaller plants.
The brief was to design a light, low-maintenance, contemporary garden that my clients could entertain in. The garden was opened up to let the sun in. We removed the saplings, then in the shade of the mature beech and sycamore trees we planted a contemporary parterre along with hellebores, camellias and other woodland shrubs and flowers.
A modern cedar wood pergola led out of the shady area to a patio of riven-grey sandstone, chosen to complement the house’s contemporary exterior.
Water murmured between two minimalist pools built into the patio, and across these a simple bridge led to the sunniest part of the garden. In this suntrap we built a courtyard, containing a summerhouse for cooler evenings, and a relaxing seating area.
Our clients loved entertaining, but their free time was limited. To maximize their enjoyment of their contemporary garden, we wanted it to be just as striking after dark.
We designed an architectural lighting plan to illuminate the garden at night, highlight the sculptural shapes of the trees and create a magical atmosphere.