This large suburban garden located in the West Midlands has been divided roughly into thirds; the nearest third to the house is the patio/entertaining zone, the centre third is the lawned area for children’s play and the bottom third is a wooded low maintenance area, all connected by a path running the length of the garden edged with a linear orchard on the northern boundary. The different zones of space are defined by a tall privet hedge between lawn and woodland and a linear island border which bisects the lawn diagonally to pick up the retained spruce and maple trees.
The patio/entertaining area comprises sandstone plank paving with rendered blockwork walls and waist-height planters with integrated seating. The paving continues along the length of the garden with the lawn on the right and the new linear orchard on the left. The orchard comprises a single row of apple and pear trees underplanted with low shrubs, grasses and perennials for shade. The diagonal bisecting border comprises grasses and perennials suitable for a more exposed, dry location.