This traditional Edwardian property benefits from a lovely mature sunny back garden, however the existing patio was looking very tired and was starting to deteriorate. Furthermore, in the borders large laurels and conifers had started to become a problem, overshadowing neighbours and restricting light.

CHGD was approached to create a design for a substantial new patio area that would blend in with the existing garden. The garden already had a curvaceous feel, with serpentine retaining walls flanking the garden, so I worked with this as a starting point for the design. Knowing the family's love of music and performing, I envisaged a patio that could double as a outdoor stage, so that the multi-talented children could entertain friends and family outside in the sunshine!

The end result is a large curving hardwood deck, with an inset circular feature terrace of tumbled sandstone. On one side of the garden we have already rejuvenated the conifer border so it is brimming with year round colour and structure. A tall privacy fence has been installed adjacent to the patio so that we can plant up this area with specimen shrubs and trees to provide greater screening in years to come. Until then, the stage is set for a lot of outdoor entertainment - literally!

Contractor: Alliance Landscapes, Hinckley -

What the client says:

"Chris is the perfect garden companion for both small and large projects. His vision and creative ideas meant we had so much more than we had ever imagined. From start to finish Chris was in close contact and provided hands on design and planning at the beginning, then supervision and advice during implementation of the heavy building work and a final fling of hands on manual labour to finish off the final planting. He also enabled us to make a brave decision to remove all our conifers and replace with a wonderful informal flower bed – all selected and planted by Chris. His knowledge of plants and their visual and seasonal nature has meant we have a beautiful array of colour. It’s hard to let go of all that experience and passion and we have been caught up by the possibilities of our garden. We will definitely be having him back for advice and guidance and he’s so easy to have around. We cannot praise Chris enough for the work he has completed and can only say don’t underestimate the possibilities of your garden with a professional landscape designer at hand. It is definitely worth the investment."

Catherine Hamilton




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