Using a Japanese-style bridge as inspiration, an overgrown and under-utilised area of the garden around a large, natural stream-fed pond has been transformed into an oriental oasis of calm.
The corner perimeter was fenced off to create a private, sheltered area while still using borrowed landscape of the trees beyond with a gate providing access to maintain stream.
A pergola was erected, creating more height and a designated entrance to draw you into the area. Oriental- style planting such as bamboos, pieris and acers which enjoy the varied conditions all around the pond were chosen to create colour, texture and height.
The shady and most damp areas included a large variety of different ferns, gunnera, fatsia, bergenia, grasses, hostas, pond and marginal plants.
The borders in more dappled shade or sun were planted with lily, camassia and iris bulbs, grasses such as the black dragon grass (ophiopogon nigrescens) heucheras and nandinas.
A weeping flowering cherry added the final oriental touch.
With an upcycled bench added to the far side overlooking the pond and borders, facing west to catch the sunset, there could not be a more pleasant and peaceful place to enjoy an evening glass of something!