A bold water Feature set in a designated
space for a major out door seating and entertainment area was the
principal requirement for the owners of this modern Edinburgh Villa.
A wood deck is defined by the creation of a large planter sunk into
the upper garden bank, housing a “letter box” waterfall,
gushing into a canal, flanked by a long thin planter. Generously
lit, this feature may be admired not just from the garden, but also
the adjacent garden room and dining room throughout the day.
sleepers take one up the highest point in the garden marked by a
greenhouse and enables access the remoter parts of the garden via
the lawn. Planting is designed to exploit the cultural and microclimate
opportunities afforded here. Thus near the house there is a limited
palette of striking evergreen, regimented planting to reflect the
formality of the location, and as one moves away from the house the
planting becomes more informal and diffuse.
In the front garden a
mature Lime tree, part of a street group, is under planted by Rhododendrons
and associated plants to simulate a woodland edge, extending into
the rear garden via the bed at the foot of the new stone wall. Adjacent
to the greenhouse a vast herbaceous border is planted for spectacular
late summer and autumn interest. Also mixed in are plants such as
Buddleia and Stonecrop to attract butterflies and bees. Additionally,
warm stonewalls are planted with espalier trained fruit bushes.