A long narrow garden overlooking the river Thames slopes steeply down from the house. The client wished to use the level changes to best advantage to create distinct tiers with areas for seating and entertaining throughout the garden, at different times of the day.
The garden is divided into three levels. Close to the house, a small terrace with space for a café table and chairs leads to stepping stone flags in the lawn and the original Yorkstone steps, re-built as an integral part of the new drystone wall terracing. The original Yorkstone crazy paving was cut and recycled to make a drystone walling effect facing for the walls retaining two tiers of planting. The planting palette of soft blues, whites and ornamental grasses frames the vista over the river. The second level dining terrace is paved with Indian sandstone, edged with a gravel garden through which drought tolerant plants are grown to soften the hardlandscaping. Deck, steps and pergola built from locally sourced English Green Oak are positioned to catch the setting sun. Late season planting of reds, purple and orange provides interest long into the autumn and winter.