01 June 2022
Set in a leafy location adjacent to Malahide Castle, this large garden project involved the design and implementation of front and back gardens for a new build dwelling.
A site analysis was carried out and different zones were identified to suit the client’s needs, creating spaces that serve a specific purpose whilst achieving a balanced and unified design.
The site is accessed through an established wood of mixed trees, which required protecting. The hard landscape finish includes Egyptian limestone paving and a curved nida-gravel driveway which has a smooth flowing edge of stonewashed Kilkenny limestone cobbles, laid as soldiers, giving a generously proportioned edge to the gold gravel surfaced driveway.
The back garden follows a similar palette to the front, with large format paving to suit the scale of the patio and low brick walls complimenting the modern classic design of the house, adding a sense of enclosure to the generous outdoor dining and seating areas. Within this space a bespoke outdoor kitchen was constructed using high quality, durable materials with built-in bbq and storage.
We engaged the services of Contour Greens to install the miniature golf green which is surrounded by nida-gravel paths leading to a bespoke timber clad outdoor room serving the golf green. A high-quality secure perimeter fence was screened with Cherry Laurel hedging. The planting for the garden design was carefully considered and, in addition to retaining the existing trees, a variety of new tree specimens, such as Japanese Maple, Magnolia and Amelanchier were selected for unusual foliage or autumn colour, and a mix of herbaceous planting with specimen shrubs including Hydrangea, Pieris and Syringa along with clipped yew balls give a beautiful variety of form, texture, and colour in the garden. The existing woodland to the front was enhanced by a mix of understorey planting
Effect lighting was installed, with uplighters on key specimen trees, and lighting was used to highlight and differentiate the characteristics of each space within the garden.
To complete the project a bioclimatic pergola was included that features a louvred retractable roof giving the client control of shade and shelter.