Proposed Plan


A professional couple wanted to make more of their garden space. In a north-facing garden that was surrounded by some interesting large trees it was key to find “the sweet spot” where they could relax and entertain friends. The requirement was a fairly low maintenance garden with a contemporary feel. It was to have clean and tidy lines and reflect the interior of the house. It was important to have some lawn and the existing fencing was to be retained.

In response to the brief a pattern of interlocking squares was created. The Western Red Cedar raised deck in corner of garden would receive most sunlight, especially evening sun, and was designed so that is was large enough for outside sofas. It was surrounded by scented climbers, shrubs and Hornbeam screens to create a green outside room. The fence was painted a blue grey colour to harmonise with the Blue Grey Granite paving and it also acts as a wonderful backdrop for the plants to create shadows on as they grow. The planting was predominantly evergreen shrubs repeated through the garden interspersed with herbaceous perennials and bulbs for seasonal interest. A key feature in the planting is yew topiary in various sized squares to echo the interlocking squares of the design.
The client was keen to include some Feijoa sellowiana as their family grew them at home in New Zealand! These are due to be added this spring…

Topiarised shrubs to give the Garden constructed by Breathe Garden Design Ltd.

Testimonial: “ what a fabulous garden we now have. Chloe sat down with us both to understand what we wanted, what we didn't want and what we really didn't want to enable her to come up with our design. The results were spot on first time, and Chloe's skills then moved to finding a landscape builder and project managing the delivery. The results are exactly what we wanted them to be. ” RL