Family Garden – St Andrews

pergola in St Andrew's garden Bristol

A garden of function & form for a family in St Andrews

In the heart of St Andrews this period property had a good sized garden in need of reimagining to suit the needs of its new custodians.  Some existing hard landscaping features, such as a built-in brick seating, were blocking the flow and therefore enjoyment of the garden both visually and physically.  The client wanted to retain some of the existing planting including two beautiful espalier fruit trees lining the brick wall and slatted fencing previosuly installed.

Close up of evergreen shrub and ornamental grass, St Andrews garden, Bristol
oak raised bed planted with grasses and perennials, St Andrews garden, Bristol
Planing bed of ferns, grasses and perennials in St Andrews garden, Bristol

The main terrace is large format porcelain paving.  This material suiting a family situation where it can be easily cleaned.  Feature planters are positioned on the terrace to soften the hard landscaping.  Leading off the main terrace are two areas of clay pavers, one was created as a space to barbecue.  The informal paths slice through a planting bed that runs across the width of the garden.

A new lawn was laid and a planting bed runs the length of the garden.  Set within grasses and ferns a beautful multistem ornametal cherry creates privacy as well as a lending height and maturity to the garden.  This bed is mirrored with an oak raised bed on the opposite side.  A new slatted fence was installed to tie-in with the existing rear fence.  This allows plenty of light to filter into the garden.

Close-up of terracotta planter, St Andrews garden, Bristol
Closeup of Cercis shrub leaf, St Andrews garden, Bristol
Pergola post and climbing plant, St Andrews garden, Bristol

To the rear of the garden sits a timber pergola painting an eye catching black.  This area catches the evening sun.  Scented climbing plants set a beautiful contrast against the dark paint.  Planting will spill over the edge of  the oak planter and an area is left for the cultivation of edibles.

Close up of clay pavers and planting bed in St Andrews garden, Bristol
oak raised bed and pergola, St Andrews garden, Bristol