Streamstown Wood, Malahide, Co. Dublin.
28 February 2018
Set in an exclusive housing estate in Malahide, this large garden project commenced in 2015 as a blank canvas. A transformative garden design & build carried out over two years is now complete.
Our brief for this garden was to create an elegantly designed family garden with clean lines and lots of colourful & interesting planting. The existing garden had an old & uneven sandstone patio with various ramps & levels leaving the spaces small & unusable for outdoor dining. Most of the existing lawns were steeply sloped to bridge the 1.5m level change in the garden. Our client wanted to achieve a nice balance between new level lawn areas & new planting beds. The existing side boundary treatment included a stepped fence arrangement which was permeable & afforded little privacy within the garden from neighboring sides. The rationalisation of these boundaries & creating privacy & sleek back drops to the garden was a large part of the brief & formed an integral part of the overall garden design solution.
New terraced Donegal Sandstone walls create spacious planting beds dividing the 1.5 metre level change in the existing garden into two main garden levels laid out in lawn. The upper garden is accessed by two sets of granite steps at either end. Sleek granite patios with imperial granite setts form generous seating areas around the house, looking out and up to the various planted borders, raised planting beds & a bespoke water-blade water feature which falls into a large pool on the mid level of the garden. The eastern boundary of the garden has been softened with cedar cladding.
The planting for the garden design was carefully considered. A mix of existing trees were retained. These included ornamental pear trees. A variety of new tree specimens were added, some for screening, more for their unusual foliage or autumn colour. These tree specimens also form the main structure in the planting beds. Varieties included Liquidambers, Copper beech, evergreen Oaks, multi-stem Japanese Maples and pleached Elaeagnus.
A mix of herbaceous planting with specimen shrubs & clipped box balls give a beautiful variety of form, texture & colour in the garden.
Effect lighting was also installed, with uplighters on key specimen trees, and flush in-cobble uplighters illuminating the sandstone walling.