- Create a courtyard style garden with permeable off road parking
- Include rainwater harvesting and watering facilities
- Use raised beds for planting which also house hidden water tanks
- Provide year round interest with an evergreen planting back bone and seasonal colour
- Incorporate areas for relaxation and al fresco dining
Services: Ideas Consultancy and Full Design, Project Management and Planting
This RHS Silver Medal winning show garden was designed for and built at the RHS Malvern Spring Show in the inaugural year of Chris Beardshaw’s ‘New Designer Mentorship Challenge’*. The garden was built on a site measuring 6m x 8m and the design for a professional couple included a rear courtyard style garden and a front garden to enable off road parking for a small car.
The design incorporated two important features in regards to water management. At the time of the garden build, the media was very focussed on the need to have permeable off road parking solutions which would not cause serious flooding both in town and rural areas (as seen in 2007). In addition, the need for rain water harvesting, especially for properties with a metered water supply, was a very topical subject.
The garden was planted with a flowering Cherry tree suitable for a small garden space and incorporated evergreen shrubs suitable for inclusion in the raised beds. Plants included of flowering and sweet smelling evergreens, some complementary deciduous planting, flowering perennials and bulbs.
In addition to gaining a RHS Silver Medal, this garden has inspired several of my customers in regards to their garden style and planting choices.
*This garden was designed in conjunction with Gary Couzens