Triangular Plot

Geometric Design

Design and build constraints:
  • Awkward triangular shaped plot
  • Large quantity of rubble removed from site
  • Wildlife friendly planting, but restricted away from entertaining areas
  • Low maintenance garden, but ability to learn to garden
  • Ability to grow fruit and veg
The awkward shape of this triangular plot, coupled with large overgrown shrubs, a large area of paving and a patch of weeds left the clients at a total loss as to what to do with the garden.

The couple did a brilliant job of removing the majority of the planting, but as the hard landscaping started, initial excavations revealed there was a vast amount of rubble and debris buried in the ground that would have to be removed from site. Once completed, the design could then move forward. Geometric lines running at different angles were used to conceal the shape of the plot, distracting from the point of the triangle, whilst visually extending the length.

A raised Florence beige porcelain patio was created between the house and garage for entertaining. The edge of the step was bull-nosed to soften any hard edges. The patio was sized to allow for a potential future conversion of the garage to a home office.
A bespoke timber pergola was created as a restful seating area and was inward facing into the garden to block out overlooking windows. Five bespoke fibre glass planters were created in a RAL colour to match the pergola. These were to be used to grow fruit and veg.
Being a walled garden, there was plenty of shelter to offer plants, but equally the garden would get quite hot in the summer. Plants were chosen that were beneficial to wildlife and sited in areas away from the main patio. A mixture of textures and colours of foliage were used to add additional interest throughout the year.
The planting mix included Phlomis italica, Amsonia tabernaemontana, Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter Fire' and Skimmia japonica 'Temptation'  to span the seasons. Two feature trees used to add height were Prunus serrula and Prunus 'Amanogawa'.
A bespoke timber pergola and planters were created in matching colours