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The Challenge

Nordland Landscapes were tasked to update a tired garden and create a contemporary living space for outdoor relaxation and entertaining. The materials needed to be crisp and chic with low maintenance planting to reflect the tastes and lifestyle of a busy professional couple.

What We Did

What was once a dark and uninviting city garden has been transformed into a bright open space with each of the three levels having its own unique feel and ambience.

In a bad state of repair, the garden did not fit with the client’s lifestyle and tastes.

The garden was designed to be ‘lived in’ and now creates a space that allows you to make the most out of outdoor living, whether relaxing on the raised decking, sitting on the lawn or just admiring the view from the large bifold doors. It does it all.

The staircase is now the main feature of the garden which immediately draws your eye and allows you to transition through the different levels of the garden with ease.

This garden features raised Corten steel planters, bright and vibrant porcelain paving and a millboard composite raised deck area.

There’s also a gravel garden, a shade-tolerant lawn, an irrigation system and a slatted custom-built trellis along with an Asiatic-based contemporary planting pallet.

This beautiful outdoor space also has a comprehensive remotely switched lighting scheme. Copper micro in-ground LEDs throw light across the steps guiding the way up to the raised deck area, whilst strategically placed spike lights light up the mature trees and shrubs. The new lighting scheme allows for entertaining in the garden well into the evening and great views from the house when it’s too cold to sit outside in winter.

This garden reached the finals of the “2021 Association of Professional Landscapers awards” in the ‘Build Under £35K” category and won a Silver Merit.

The judges said that this was ‘a beautiful garden with a brilliant planting scheme. Attention to detail was clear with the Corten edging being bespoke and skillfully cut to match. The zonal water system was a good feature.’

The garden was designed by Taryn Ferris. The video was created by Azmay Anything.