Garden Design Service

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Subtropical Garden for Shared Use

Subtropical Garden for Shared Use

At Muddy Wellies Gardens, we work with you to create a plan for your garden, we show you the plan view but also create a 3D visual, take a look at the example below.

Border fully planted

Border fully planted

New deck facade

New deck facade

Existing building

Existing building

Rear boudary hedge

Rear boudary hedge

Existing deck and pergola

Existing deck and pergola

Paths resurfaced

Paths resurfaced

small patio

New small patio in site of greenhouse

House

House

Gate to carehome

Gate to carehome

Seating area

New seating area

New hedge

New hedge

Care Home

Care Home

Border new planting

Border new planting

Steps

New steps to deck

The Brief

The Brief

The design is based around improving what is existing in the garden and enhancing it. Rather than ripping everything out and starting again features will be repurposed. For example, the old greenhouse will be removed. The space will be given a new floor surface that creates a small patio close to the house.

Paths will be kept as they are now but rejuvenated with Brazilian slate slabs that will be continued into the new elements of the garden.

Cleaning and charring the deck will tie the old materials into the new. A new façade will be added in place of the old balustrade using contemporary horizontal slats.

Down overview

Plan View

Plan View

Using a plan view, it is clear there is better use of the space. The proportions between mass and void are more balanced with less lawn space and more planting that occupies the garden in 3 dimensions. This will give the garden a multilayered, textured jungle inspired appearance. There will be many shrubs and small trees that will provide nectar, berries, seeds and habitat to encourage more wildlife into the garden.

Lawn

Lawn

Carehome

Carehome

New seating area

New seating area

Border

Border

Border

Border

Border

Border

House

House

Outbuildings

Outbuildings

Deck

Deck

Hedge

New Hedge on boundary 

Lawn

Lawn

Hedge

Hedge

Deck Hut

Deck hut

Border

Border

Small Patio

Small Patio

Seating area. View from rear carehome entrance

Seating area. View from rear carehome entrance

Residents and carers will have ample space in this area to maneouver and enjoy with step free access from the rear of the home. There is space at the ends of benches for wheeled users to park up and enjoy.

Feature tree

Feature tree: Eriobotyra japonica with simple underplanting. Re-using the copper pond sculpture at the base of the tree.

Space for wheelchairs

Space for wheelchairs

Charred sleeper wall

Charred sleeper wall

Benches

Sleeper benches

floor

Brazilian slate floor

Raised bed

Oak sleeper raised bed

Steps to connect areas

Steps to connect areas

New steps will be created to connect the new seating area to the North end of the deck. The apple tree will be removed in order to do this. The steps will be oak treads and risers. Landings will be filled with bark mulch.

Flanking border

Flanking border

Bark chippings

Bark chippings

Charred sleepers

Charred sleepers

Seating area

Seating area

Brazilian slate path

Brazilian slate path

Top Deck

Top Deck
Deck Hut

Remove bamboo screens. Render the walls and paint white. New oak support for 'side window'. Fire pit removed and reduced in height. New oak board seating and table top.

Deck surface

Deck surface cleaned and charred.

New facade

Old ballustrades/trellis removed. Contemporary slatted oak façade fitted.

Feature tree

Feature tree, Rhus typhina

Walls cleaned up and painted white.

Wooden seating removed. Walls cleaned up and painted white.

Existing shrubs

Existing shrubs cut back/removed. new hedge established with calming shade loving planting in front.

Bottom Patio

Bottom Patio
Hedge

New hedge to cover building and soften the garden.

Brazilian slate patio

Brazilian slate patio. In place of unused greenhouse.

New facade

Old ballustrades/trellis removed. Contemporary slatted oak façade fitted.

Steps

Steps topped with Brazilian slate.

Walls cleaned up and painted white.

Wooden seating removed. Walls cleaned up and painted white.

Walls cleaned up and painted white.

Wooden seating removed. Walls cleaned up and painted white.

Wall

Existing wall retained

planting

Variety of tropical planting that is suited to the partial shade position.

House

House

Gate

New oak gate and surround

Planting

Planting

The planting is a subtropical theme. Lots of green, big dramatic foliage contrasted with rich dark colours that will compliment the colour of the hardscaping. Pops of hot colours like bright pink, reds and oranges will bring a zingy twist to the scheme. Ultimately the garden will have a summer peak but many evergreen species have been chosen to give year round presence. The Rhus and Acer will give fantastic autumn colour to lengthen the season of interest.

Chamaerops humilis

Chamaerops humilis

Digitalis lutea

Digitalis lutea

Ajuga 'Black Scallop'

Ajuga 'Black Scallop'

Kniphofia spp.

Kniphofia spp.

Astelia chathamica

Astelia chathamica

Restio spp.

Restio spp.

Canna spp.

Canna spp.

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'

Sambucus nigra 'Black Lace'

Rhus typhina

Rhus typhina

Eriobotyra japonica

Eriobotyra japonica

Eremus spp.

Eremus spp.

Fatsia japonica

Fatsia japonica

Leycesteria formosa

Leycesteria formosa

Acer palmatum

Acer palmatum

Polystichum spp.

Polystichum spp.

Schizostylis coccinea

Schizostylis coccinea

Fasicularia bicolor

Fasicularia bicolor

Epimedium spp.

Epimedium spp.