Suffolk Contemporary Mediterranean Garden
The Suffolk coast is a perfect setting for contemporary Mediterranean garden design. The influence of the sea nearby tempers low winter temperatures and there are more days of sunshine than inland locations.
The garden has been a great success for our clients and has hosted many large family gatherings.
Timber seating in the form of daybeds or divans were built into the rendered walls, they are wide enough to fully recline on with cushions and maybe a kilim, offering more comfort than just a seat.
Contemporary rendered walls were built on each side of a central avenue. We excavated a level path into the sloping site,making raised areas on each side, with steps up to a gazebo dramatically sited at the centre of the avenue at back of the garden.
This timber gazebo offeres a commanding view over the garden and provides shelter from the elements. At night halogen patio heaters can be used safely under the roof which holds in the heat, making a cosy setting for night time gatherings.
Rendered walls create interest and detail on what was a difficult sloping site. The steps and many different paths lead to secluded areas within the planting of the garden. To the left of ths photo is a sunbathing patio and on the far side of garden is a semi hidden lawn.
Left – this patio is reached by an ‘L’ shaped path and steps, and is positioned in the sunniest part of the garden. A winding path of stepping stones leads through the dense planting from it, to the gazebo at the back of the garden.
Centre – electric blue flowers of Sea Holly or Eryngium are seen here against Eucalyptus foliage.
Right – the sawn Indian sandstone slabs give a warm buff colour and smooth tactile finish to the paving in this garden.
A timber lath screen was built at the back of the san bathing patio to hide the brick wall of a garage. In this photo, taken just after the garden was finished, you can see how the winding stepping stone path not only leads to the gazebo but forms part of a circular walk right around to the lawn on the other side of the central avenue.
The spectacular flowers of lobelia tupa are seen in the foregropund here. Our specialized plant knowledge allows us to use lesser known species like this, there are many types of lobelia but this one is seldom seen.
Our garden design service devised a layout for this empty plot, creating detail and interest, by using different levels and paths connecting different features spread all around the garden. This photo compilation shows how much it is possible to build into a blank canvas, laid to lawn before we started, by using careful design thought.