September 2015 – September 2016
A visually stunning outdoor space overlooking Poole Harbour with glorious views of Brownsea Island.
A series of interconnecting circular decks provide a variety of seating and entertaining areas. The sunken deck has built in seating, an outdoor kitchen, a Corten Steel and vertical planting feature wall and the Corten Steel laser panel – a bespoke piece designed for this client. A Buxus hedge and seasonal planting surround this deck.
Other areas include two large connecting decks for entertaining and enjoying the view, the small cosy deck accessible across the pool via large boulder stepping stones, a sun deck and a hand made bench tucked into a mix of grasses and rusted steel bulrushes.
The planting is a bold collection of structural tropical style plants mixed with grasses and an abundance of Agapanthus. Planting adjacent to the ornamental pool is lower growing perennials that will blend to form a carpet of colour without distracting from the view. The lawn level is edged with a curving wave of grasses and blue/green perennials that drift and sway in the wind.
The lowest level of the garden leads directly onto the harbour and features a hidden ‘boat house’ with wood burner, drying racks for wet weather gear and storage for paddleboards and kayaks. This lower area has been clad in old scaffold boards, which will weather beautifully and withstand the elements. Incorporated down here are a seating area, an outdoor shower and a sink for gutting the day’s catch! Tough salt resistant plants fill the raised beds.
Bespoke Corten steel planters are situated around the garden filled with deep blue Agapanthus and marry up with the carefully chosen sculptural pieces giving year round interest and a little sparkle!
Atmospheric lighting is present throughout the garden and Sonos speakers sit hidden within the planting.
This garden was created with Dorset, Design and Build.