Oriental Garden

What was requested
The clients asked for a herb garden, dining space, contemplation space, a blue-and mauve herbaceous border, a water feature incorporating moving water and a "source", plus an area to provide homes for fish, frogs, turtles and newts. They also requested plants which produce pleasing sounds when moved by wind.

Click any of the thumbnails below to see 'before', 'during' and 'after' pictures of this garden.

How it was achieved
The herb garden was placed near the kitchen and above a sunny dining terrace, which leads onto the blue-and-mauve herbaceous border through a bamboo arch. The 10m long canal ends in a small rill which falls into a deep pond, providing a home for the requested amphibians and fish. However, this water feature is obscured from the house by a hedge of bamboo, and screened from the garden studio by a taller hedge of black-stemmed bamboo, so that benches sited in this area are screened but surrounded by the sound of moving water and rustling leaves.

Note: This garden was featured in the magazine GARDENS ILLUSTRATED, April 1999, page 54

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