Farm house garden

The owners of this pretty old farm house in the Scottish Borders commissioned me following the installation of new french doors from their family room into the garden.
The brief for the new garden called for a garden space that was more useable and easily accessed from the house with areas for entertaining and evening relaxation. The garden was dominated by two large trees which added no value to the garden. A tall conifer which obscured the evening sun and sucked moisture and nutrients from one corner of the garden and an imposing ash tree in the diagonal corner which blocked a valuable view out of the garden to the hills. Both of these trees were removed giving a much more open feel to the garden and letting in important light. Other more decorative trees were retained giving privacy from a distant road and engendering a feeling of enclosure.The narrow and largely unusable patio area was enhanced and significantly enlarged by pushing back the existing low retaining walls. The new patio was paved with natural sandstone to compliment the house and the retaining walls reconstructed using surplus stone from a demolished farm building. The walls were given a flat sandstone cope making them perfect for informal seating.
The patio was linked to the main lawn area by wide sandstone steps leading under a large wooden pergola. The pergola has been planted with climbers and the whole frames a view of the garden from the generous family room windows.
I was delighted to be included in a party in this garden on a sunny afternoon earlier this year and was pleased to see how well the new patio worked - plenty of space for a large table and additional seating on the low retaining walls.
The planting is still maturing but  already compliments the grey toned paving.
I designated an area in the flower bed adjacent to the patio for a simple bubble water feature. My talented client is in the process of installing this as I write! I look forward to an invitation to view his handiwork and see how the planting is progressing.