Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
04 March 2016
The new look garden design, while not dramatically different in layout to the original, brings new life and unity to the garden. A curved travertine patio laid in stretcher bond fashion hugs the rear of the dwelling with a granite cobble border following the outline of the patio space. Two new steps into the house along with a side access ramp are also created using the travertine paving.
The walls are all clad with ship-lap timber cladding which is painted white to act as a backdrop to the planting and the garden itself. A matching timber shed was installed in the corner, rotated so as not to become the focal point of the garden. An inconspicuous nida-gravel path with pea gravel surface leads to the door of the shed in between two planting areas.
Generous curved planting beds extend around the perimeter of the garden forming the shape of the lawn in the centre, also with a cobble border. A new roll out lawn with sub-soil drains was installed in this central area. The planting beds contain a mix of medium specimens, shrub and herbaceous plants for a range of colour and interest throughout the year. Specimens such as Acer palmatum, Callistemon laevis, Olea europea, Photinia x fraseri Red Robin, Viburnum bod. Charles Lamont are carefully placed to create vertical interest in specific areas of the garden and are accentuated by the clean white backdrop of the boundary cladding.
A lighting layout was implemented incorporating some down lighters on the boundary cladding and simple up lighters on some of the specimen plants.