This project of mine has just won a British Association of Landscape Industries award for 2016. BALI is a national organisation of landscapers and their awards are given to those who have demonstrated exceptionally high standards of professionalism and skill in the execution of a wide variety of landscape schemes.

This contemporary garden was part of a new house build project in Chelford, Cheshire. It was fabulous to be able to get involved at an early stage…even though, as you can see from these photos, it was a bit challenging to envisage the final resulting garden at the outset… 

The design contained a main formal garden facing the house loggia. This consisted of two rows of pleached hornbeam trees, yew and box hedging and yew domes.

The rest of the planting was soft and fluffy to complement the formal structure. Amongst others, white foxgloves, Monkshood and several different Salvias were used en masse.

The materials included brick, buff coloured sawn york stone paving from Johnsons of Wellfield in Yorkshire and Golden slate gravel.

Dawn Garden Design
Pleached trees

Other areas of the new garden included a large Potager with espalier trees, raised wooden beds and a Hartley Botanic contemporary Greenhouse; A secret Otium garden with arches and shade loving planting; and a flower garden with shrubs and climbing plants dressing a series of square Western Red Timber arches, constructed by the Manchester Deck Company.

Mixed Planting

Finally, to complement the garden Andy Loudon was commissioned to create two dry stone walling features to act as fabulous focal points within the garden.

It was a pleasure designing and seeing the garden built so well by Designscapes, and fingers crossed that we win a principle award at the ceremony in December.