Edgy Woodland Wonderland

We transformed an existing bare patch of lawn, enclosed by a standard garden fence on three sides, into a captivating and unique outdoor space. The client specifically sought our artistic flair in designing a garden that would be imaginative and one-of-a-kind.

Despite the relatively compact size of the space, approximately 10 x 10 meters (100 sqm), our goal was to create a garden that offered more than just a visual experience from a stationary viewpoint. We wanted it to be an explorative journey as one walked through it, with hidden surprises and elements that demanded curiosity.

To achieve this, we aimed to recreate the immersive ambiance of a woodland edge planting. The multistem trees, including 3 ginkgo, 3 flowering cherries, and 3 pines, were strategically placed to filter the light, mimicking the canopy effect found in woodlands. The undulating ground added an additional layer of immersion and exploration, addressing the boundary levels and enhancing the overall atmosphere.

Rather than relying on a single focal point, we designed three off-centered feature walls to create dynamism and avoid rigidity in the garden’s layout. Ranging from 3 to 4 meters in length and 2.2 to 2.5 meters in height, these walls started at different levels, further enhancing the sense of movement. Our bespoke tiles, available in two different sizes and three thicknesses, were used to clad these walls, allowing for intriguing interplay of light and shadows.

The same tiles, in varying formats and a thicker unit, were also employed on the ground, scattered closer to the metal edge and dispersing further into the garden. This intentional placement created a visual movement and added interest as one walked through the space. The gaps between the tiles were filled with slate, completing the harmonious composition.

In terms of planting, we curated a matrix of grasses such as Sesleria autumnalis ‘Greenlee Hybrid’ and Deschampsia cespitosa ‘Goldtau’, among others. A full list of plants can be provided for further details. Additionally, a water feature was incorporated into the design to not only add a pleasant auditory element for the clients but also to benefit wildlife by providing a water source.

Overall, this new garden design successfully transformed the once bare patch of lawn into an immersive and explorative space. The interplay of trees, feature walls, bespoke tiles, undulating ground, and thoughtfully selected plantings creates a visually engaging and unique outdoor experience.

Photography: Alister Thorpe

Landscape construction: Shoots and Leaves