Down Ampney – BALI Award 2014
BALI Award Garden
Redesign of client’s garden to include formal paths with raised planters, pathsways, pergola and lawn.
“A Mediterranean theme” was the initial brief for this garden. With existing curves and informal planting, the client wished to introduce formality, angles, direction, and our interpretation of an element of control.
This took us away from our usual brief of a Cotswold garden dripping with colour and informality and posed a new challenge.
Identifying the sunny corner as where they wished to sit and their desire for a pergola was the starting point for our angled formality. The Pergola is centered on the view from the conservatory and the diagonal path accentuates this vista.
The strong lines and identity of timber sleepers as a theme throughout, used as benches, planters and edging, added the structure and angles desired. The strength of the sleeper zigzag border, the sleepers and box defining the shape with the punch of alliums along the back edge creates a strong feature which also serves to detract from the otherwise uninspiring garden fence.
The introduction of the box hedge edging and bay cones added the required definition to the beds, allowing more informal planting behind.
The coordination of these strong diagonal lines and accurately tying the angles together was paramount to the garden’s success. It proved challenging both at design stage whilst working within the confines of the existing planting that the client was eager to retain and at setting out stage. However the attention to detail, during setting out paid off and the client was delighted with the impact and control created by these strong lines and features.