Alan Rose's Town Garden, York
I asked Sue to design a formal, but relaxed, garden in a medium-sized walled setting behind a Victorian house in York. The design allows plenty of comfortable movement and a transition from a paved entertaining area to a softer, grassed and shady area. A number of seating locations work wonderfully to allow relaxation at different times of day and light conditions. Several sizes and shapes of beds allow optimal use of warm walls and opportunities for varied planting. A particular design breakthrough is a combination of paving that deals with the house being on an angle to the garden, offering an interesting and inviting view and flow.
I am extremely happy with the design and the way it has worked-out over several years of usage; friends and visitors love the garden too! I would be happy to arrange for anyone to visit the garden to view the design.
This town garden was an interesting challenge as the new conservatory was not at 90 degrees to the rest of the house and looked over the fence to next door's garden rather than into the client's space. My solution was to combine the axis set up by the conservatory with the axis set up by the rest of the house in the layout of a new area of paving by the house, as you can see in the photos. It seems to work! Alan is a plantsman so he wanted to choose the plants himself. I like working with people who love their gardens, so I gave him outline suggestions for the planting and left him to get on with it!