Modern Family Garden, Canterbury, Kent, UK
Modern family garden with an English garden twist
Modern family garden that measures 30 metres x 12 metres and is rectangular. The Brief is to create a modern family garden with an English garden twist, which is low-maintenance, with seasonal appeal throughout the year. A new modern office in the garden, which also becomes a children’s playroom/TV room, sits at the far end of the garden with a large entertaining space outside and to the side, to catch the evening sun. A fire pit to roast nuts and marshmallows becomes a focal point for the family to enjoy, all reached through a canopied walkway festooned with roses and jasmine and slightly out of sight from the rest of the garden. A sizeable, flat lawn is maintained for the children to play on, in view of the kitchen windows, while additional storage units are hidden from sight, behind modern slatted fencing. Soft, harmonious colours are used for the planting, such as greys, blues and lavenders for a stylish modern effect. The planting is ‘child-proof’, straightforward and reasonably undemanding, with mixed planting to give year round interest – the emphasis is on family time with planting that requires minimal intervention. A feature bed of ornamental grasses adjoins the main patio and creates movement and noise, while stepping stones among the grasses offer an alternative route. A walled-seat in an ‘L’ shape with wooden backrest provides additional seating when entertaining. There is a lovely juxtaposition of child and adult space, which over time will grow with the family.