The owners of this garden wanted a design to transform their dull and un-inspiring space, into a haven for outdoor living. With family roots in California they hoped to bring a little of the West coast to Beaconsfield.

The back garden needed to have a modern feel to complement their home and interior style, with clean, simple lines incorporating defined areas for adult entertaining, family dining and the inevitable football pitch for the children.

A fabulous Millboard composite deck forms a smooth transition from the house to the garden. Here raised rendered planters wrap around a central bespoke firepit, incorporating cantilevered cedar seating and space for planting, an adjoining feature wall incorporates alcoves for log storage and candles. The overall effect creates an intimate space both for daytime entertaining and night time parties. The design also includes a large patio of smooth sawn sandstone with matching stepping stones leading down the garden to a summer house and basketball court for the clients’ boys. Additional smaller rendered walls throughout the garden unite the design, add structure and define the various zones.

The entire garden is lit at night to be appreciated from the house on cold winter nights and for extended summer entertaining.

The client wanted a limited colour palette for planting of orange and purple. Plants selected included Salvia Carradonna, Geum Prinses Julianna, Crocosmia Babylon, and Achillea Terracotta, with mass planting of Allium purple Sensation and Gladiator, Tulipa Prinses Irene and Queen of Night and Iris Black Swan, whilst opiary balls and half standard lollipop trees give year round structure and height.

The client also required g2 design to redesign the front garden and driveway. It needed to be simple, elegant and practical, and incorporate a new ‘in-out’ drive. The design includes a new gravel driveway of Oxfordshire flats with a contrasting edging stone of charcoal grey to pick out the black timbers on the house front. Small planting beds under the windows include topiary and shade loving plants of Anemone Honorine Jobert, Brunnera Jack Frost and Liriope muscari.