Client's Brief

Coggeshall, Essex

The front garden to this property was laid to lawn with a metre height difference between pavement and front door. The existing central steps were of different heights and depths with the levels at various heights and gradients.

The brief was to transform this space into an elegant classical front garden to match the formality of the front facade of the house.

The key to this design was the central steps up to the front door. These required re-purposing to make uniform in both height and depth and provided the central symmetry for the overall new design. The next challenge was to tackle the different heights required to match the different step heights of the central pathway. This resulted in just two levels created with a steel upper retaining edge and wooden sleeper lower retaining edges.

This formal design sees low clipped hedging to soften the steel retaining edge and to frame the upper planting beds, two feature white obelisks and a planting colour palette of just greens and whites. A golden gravel ground cover finishes the scheme punctuated with two spiral topiary columns in pots either side of the front entrance door.