A large house which is set in a village in Hertfordshire, with a very long garden which is just a little wider than the house itself. The clients are a wonderful professional couple who wanted a design that would disguise the long thin shape of the garden, have a good space for entertaining and relaxing in and, very importantly, include a Koi carp pond.
I set the design at a 45degree angle which naturally creates a series of rooms to guide people through. The natural limestone terrace is set at a higher level than the rest of the garden and so I set a letter box fountain in the retaining wall which spills into a rill which leads into the deep Koi carp pond. The Koi carp dart up and down the rill and back into their deep pond all day long. Netting has to be put on when the garden is empty as a heron likes to fine dine on the carp when the clients are away.
The garden is mass planted so that the perennials are under planted with spring bulbs and the borders are interspersed with evergreen shrubs. Near the bottom of the garden, behind some clipped beech hedges, lies the vegetable garden with a strategically placed bench for when the work gets too much. At the very end is a peaceful grass circle surrounded by wild flowers and trees.