The clients had very recently moved to a new build property and their brief was for a usable outdoor family space, to be used for entertaining and relaxing. They particularly liked tropical-looking planting but were also keen for flowers and colour to encourage bees and other insects/wildlife.
The couple wished to improve their gardening skills and knowledge so were happy for the plot to require a reasonable amount of maintenance.
The rear garden was south-west facing with a very attractive paved area already laid.
The opposing 'dog-leg' areas of the site paired with the paved path already in place lent themselves to a substantial tropical border to one side (with a shed hidden away at the top end out of main view when using the garden) and an equally substantial decking area on the opposing side.
As the site level dropped slightly, the decking area was built up complete with double rope balustrades, maintaining safety for their young sons. The remaining plantable area behind the deck was filled with a variety of hardy palms to provide year long colour and structure.
A large pergola was added across the back of the house and over the patio to provide height and an alternative large seating and dining space. It was dressed with both climbing plants (clematis and a fragrant jasmine) which would not become too invasive and solar lights to provide a fun evening entertaining space.
The main border was planted with a few structural plants the clients had brought with them from their previous garden, including a beautiful olive tree, cordylines and an hibiscus. We added to these a combination of phormium, palms, yuccas, grasses and an acer which would provide structure all year plus flowering plants including kniphofia, salvias, dahlias and verbenas.
A turfed lawn completed the garden with a slim border of lavender, alchemilla mollis and wonderfully scented pink shrub roses repeat planted to provide all year colour and more scent for clients and wildlife alike to enjoy .
Finally, we advised the clients on the aspects of plant care required for the differing plants within their newly created garden. They were delighted with their 'totally tropical' garden.