Large Family Garden Design Harpenden
This large family garden in Harpenden was a blank canvas, with few existing borders, but some beautiful mature trees to one end. The brief was to create a garden for peaceful relaxation, but also to ensure that there was enough space for young children to play and for a marquee. Two seating areas were created, one a swing seat set within the warm west-facing border and next to the peaceful sound of water dropping onto pebbles. Sweeping garden borders were wanted and paths to draw you into the garden and to make it accessible in the winter. On the east facing border a shadier seating area was created under the shade of a beautiful 'sugar maple' (Liquidamber styrachiflua) reached by a curved path of sandstone stepping stones set among cobbles and pebbles and surrounded by a mixture of colourful evergreen and perennial plants.
"The garden looks exactly as we imagined that it would. The paths make the garden wonderfully accessible and although the garden is one whole area, there are areas with their own distinct character and planting. At night the lighting transforms the garden with different lighting effects for mature trees, seats and paths and Judy’s suggestion of using a large blue in-ground light to uplight the blue Cedar achieves a stunning effect. These days we find we are continually drawn into the garden, which is what we had hoped for."