An Empty Nest

This garden was the result of an approach by a professional couple whose three children had ‘flown the nest’. The garden had always been an unsophisticated space for their sporty children to trampoline, kick a rugby ball, practise their tennis strokes and generally hone their sporting skills! It was not somewhere for plants!



The brief was to create a more sophisticated garden providing a secluded space for entertaining, sun bathing and some gentle gardening.

An old rockery was replaced by a retained raised bed and a new sandstone patio for barbequing, the lawn area was levelled, a new lawn laid and trellising used to give privacy and seclusion from neighbouring gardens. A dilapidated shed was replaced and re-sited in a new screened utility area. An existing patio near the house was enlarged and laid with sandstone paving. A painted wooden pergola frames a view of a seating area and gives height to the garden. The garden has lighting on the patio and up-lighters enhance the garden in the evening. A white-stemmed birch is up-lit and looks magical from the sun room extension.

The planting is maturing well and includes shrubs and perennials in shades of pink, blue, purple and citrus green. A selection of bulbs in the same palette add extra interest. Now when the children return to visit they appreciate the new sophisticated garden for ‘grown-ups’! In January 2019 Goose Green were commissioned to design and install a new front garden for the property.