This garden is in a stunning setting in rural Stirlingshire. There are beautiful views beyond but the existing garden was simply some turf and there was nowhere to sit, relax and enjoy the surrounding landscape.
It was important to work sympathetically with the landscape beyond, ensuring the view was maximised and appropriate materials were used. Creating some shelter from the exposed winds was also a consideration.
A new, meandering path built using sandstone setts was created to encourage a journey down into the garden and to link the house with the garden. A new sandstone patio creates plenty of space for relaxing and is surrounded by a dry stone wall providing shelter whilst tying in with the neighbouring countryside. Little touches such as the stones jutting out for a place to set drinks adds to the enjoyment.
A new lawn was laid providing some softness, a place for grandchildren to play as well as tying in with the fields beyond. The existing fences were softened with new, native hedging, again mirroring the landscape beyond.
Planting is a mix of low maintenance plants such as skimmia, azalea, viburnum, daphne and photinia with some herbacous such as astrantia, euphorbia, eryngium, primula vialii, chives and hosta.