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A garden I designed and built for our friend Pat, in Hersham
Pat asked me to design a low maintenance garden, but with some interesting plants and flowers and with a water feature. Curves, and somewhere to sit were also requested.
This is what we ended up with - a gravel garden with a curved path from the back of the house across to the gate, a small pergola over a stone bench and a small circular pebble pool complete with fountain.
Three circles, the pool, a millstone and a small island bed, gave a theme to the end of the garden, a few carefully placed rocks in groups added some interest to the expanse of gravel.
Previously the area had been some scruffy grass with beds down each side, with a straight paved path from the back door to the rear gate (just seen on the right of the photo).
When the design had been agreed, I took a week off work and construction began. Almost simultaneously the sun disappeared behind storm clouds and rain began falling. Never before have I worked in such appalling conditions. The day I removed the turf was like wading through sticky toffee, the ground was so wet.
However, the hard landscaping, pebble pool, membrane and gravel were installed on time and the plants put in. Several established shrubs were kept from the earlier garden and incorporated into the design. I think the design worked well, and Pat loves it I know - what do you think?
Every time I've been back the garden looks better and better. As the plants grow and establish, softening the edges, the design has come into its own. When I last spoke to Pat, she said the garden looks much better than when these pictures were taken - the plants have really grown and matured the whole scheme.
I think this garden shows what an impact even a small space can have given a little thought to the design and implementation.