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Magnificent! I don’t need to go to Chelsea now!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

What a lovely thought!

But that was our dear client’s reaction was when she returned from holiday recently.

She found her Tunbridge Wells town garden transformed from the grass bank it was, to the contemporary space that she can now enjoy with her friends and family.

The new garden was designed by Tim Sykes from Gardenproud. A modern and tranquil space with interesting features and terraced planting, plus entertaining and relaxing areas designed to mask the natural topography, and create the illusion of a much larger garden than the town location affords.

“The basic design concept uses a series of offset rectangles, that both interact and interrupt each other, plus are layered. This helps create different points of focus and different compartments within the garden, ” comments Tim.

Even the rather swish terraced pond reflects the concept.

So does the bespoke pergola that now frames the pastel blue painted Lutyens bench.

First things first, the terrace was enlarged, so that it now accommodates a large table and chairs for at least 8 people in two possible locations.

Cedar strip panelling was used to help accentuate features and create vertical blocks.

The grassed area features two offset oblongs that leads the eye round to an interesting mirror.

This feature reflects the terraced planted up platforms on the opposite side of the garden.

Here is planted what will become a grouping of buxus balls that will eventually merge to form a cloud formation.

“The terraced pond was a labour of love!” states Sykes. “We wanted to create a slate clad vision that contrasted with the adjoining cedar and oak materials. But slate was potentially a problem from a frost perspective, so we eventually went down a route that used  slate coloured and textured porcelain tiles. A lot of research later and we found the perfect finish. Thank goodness!”

A textured slate strip forms the basis of the outer walls, and a riven traditional slate tile is used as the copings.

The whole garden, including the workings of the pond, all run off a clever wireless remote control system that has become the hallmark of Gardenproud gardens. “These days it’s important to be able to use the outdoor space in the evenings as well. So we try wherever possible to incorporate lighting with schemes and create zones that can be illuminated in isolation, as well as fountains and other water features that can be remotely controlled. It can all contribute to some quite dramatic results, and reasonably green too as they employ LED low wattage fittings, or bulbs. “

The planting plan also played a major role in this garden. A colour palette featuring blue, lilac, purple, white and of course various hues of green was featured throughout. Gigantic lilac alliums helped create a linking theme between different areas, bamboo columns form the basis of what will become the rear wall of the garden, a salix half standard tree links with planting of euonymous, salvias are repeated in different places in contrasting colours. Miscanthus sinesis flamingo sits among giant verbena bonariensis. Beautiful white agapanthus frame the black steel obelisk that tops the upper terraces. And behind this a wall of white jasmine will adorn the trellis background.

Two beautiful wisteria will eventually trail over the contemporary pergola. A border of lavender softens the link of the pond with the lower terrace.

Anyway, whilst our client may not feel she needs fresh inspiration from our Chelsea peers, I always do!

So I’m looking forward to my trip tomorrow to London to the Chelsea Flower Show 2014.

I’ll see what I can pick up and incorporate in our thinking for 2015!

For further information about Garden Design contact Tim Sykes at Gardenproud on 07725 173820, or via email info@reallygardenproud.com


Secret Sun Terrace

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Our client had an extraordinary hot spot in their garden which they wanted to capitalise on.

It was potentially a quiet area. One of those spots you might place a cafe table and a couple of chairs to catch the late afternoon sun and enjoy a refreshing cup of tea or even an early glass of wine, and read the paper or a good novel. Or even catch up on the day with your partner!

Well it was just that, but when we arrived it was an overgrown area with the just the glimmer of an idea.

The Gardenproud design brain got to work on a number of concepts….

Eventually we all set upon one design that featured a rose bordered terrace with a raised bed to one aspect, surrounded by subtle lighting and a terraced surface that integrated with existing pathways and patio…

Once agreed, first step was to clear the area, then excavate the space that was to become the new terrace.

Sleeper based walls were then erected to support the new raised bed.

Then the footings and new indian sandstone terrace surface was laid with matching border stones.

Surrounding the terrace and integrating with the existing pathway borders new dwarf walls were built.

Then a rustic rose trellis and posts were erected with an entrance archway to create our enclosed “secret space”.

A central feature in the new raised bed was a stone urn selected and supplied by Chilstone.

Perimeter lighting in both the raised bed and behind the trellising was fitted and is now switchable from a remote indoors.

Finally, the newly landscaped area was adorned with plants including of course roses!

The client was very pleased with their new sun trap, in fact so much so that within days of completion a couple of rather nice wicker work chairs were in place, and the newspaper had already been out for a good read!

“A great outcome. The eye for detail has made it far better than we imagined.” Chris Attwood.

Creating an extra room in the Garden

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

A town garden can sometimes signal limited space and here the design task can be to create an environment that is both appealing and has practical attributes.

Just the challenge Gardenproud were looking for when they were asked recently to transform a modest garden in the centre of Tunbridge Wells.

The house is an attractive victorian property that has been extended in a complimentary but modern fashion. A key feature is an orangery extension incorporating a floor to ceiling gabled window.

Patio doors from the extension led onto a small decking terrace/pathway. This had an interesting wave feature that was to become a design cue for the work in the garden.

Elsewhere the garden looked overgrown and dark. A thick outcrop of shrubs, ivy and brambles disguised an attractive rear wall. This overgrown area encroached on what available space there was.

It also just happened to be the sunniest spot of the garden!

The client wanted to brighten up the garden, increase the perception of space, enjoy the sunlight and importantly use the garden more often for entertaining etc.

The Gardenproud team designed a concept that built on the attributes of the lower terrace and created a larger new upper terrace that would benefit from maximum sunlight, new planting areas along the borders and new pathways. They then rebuilt the old lower terrace in new materials.

Many of the old shrubs were temporarily removed and will be replaced by a new planting scheme early 2012. Other shrubs and small trees were pruned so as to remove dead foliage and also open up the garden.

The victorian pavers from the old pathways were cleaned and reused as part of the new scheme.

To help improve privacy and give the garden a more attractive backdrop trellising was erected along the neighbour borders.

As a focal point and to help increase the perception of space and light Gardenproud designed a large mirror to go on the rear wall. This was made locally by Masson Joinery in hardwood. “We designed the mirror to reflect the architecture of the client’s orangery,” commented Gardenproud’s Tim Sykes.

A lighting scheme was designed so as to provide atmospheric colour and shape to the garden at night. It additionally enables outdoor entertaining and illuminates the connecting pathways. This was installed by local electricians Bright Spark. Ingeniously the whole system is operated from a remote controlled switching point in the kitchen/dining area.

One of the key challenges for the team was dealing with the logistics of working in a confined space, including organising deliveries, storing materials, creating work areas and removing waste.

“Parking is also a massive challenge to any tradesman in places like Tunbridge Wells, with the need to drop off and collect equipment and regularly monitor progress. Anyway we managed to overcome these difficulties and have learn’t a lot from the experience,” says Tim Sykes.

The end result speaks for itself and most importantly Sonya our client is delighted with her new garden and looks forward to enjoying it in 2012.

“The garden looks fantastic! We’re very pleased with it and really like the mirror.”

From just £250Gardenproud can provide you with a series of concepts demonstrating how you can transform your garden space.

For a FREE consultation call Tim Sykes on 07725 173820 today, or email us at info@reallygardenproud.com