Garden Design in a Town

Photography by: Mark Lord

This family garden, based in Thame, East Oxfordshire, was overgrown and lacking in any defined structure. The existing terrace of concrete slabs needed relaying, and the client required an outdoor kitchen for entertaining in summer. Furthermore, the orientation of the house meant the main terrace did not receive any evening sun.

With this in mind, the garden design included an ‘evening terrace’ further down the garden, backing onto a new water feature. This stunning water feature now provides the sound of moving water to this tranquil space. The far end of the garden, which originally contained an old climbing frame, was set aside to AstroTurf, to allow space for ball games and a trampoline.

Structure in the form of small trees, including Amelanchiers and Crab Apples, lends height, spring floral interest and Autumn colour to the garden, whilst pleached Hornbeams help to provide privacy and softening. Finally, rows and blocks of Yew hedging lend evergreen structure in Winter.