Meeting the client’s brief
The brief was to provide bigger beds with more interest and year round planting, to retain the decent trees and climbers and to provide screening at the back of the garden so the next door neighbours beyond the back fence didn’t have a view into the garden. They also wanted a small patio towards the back of the garden to catch the evening sun.
In terms of the shape of the garden the Client asked for clean straight lines, parallel and perpendicular to the house and definitely not curves. When I started sketching the options for what the Client had asked for, it became apparent that this might not be the optimum design. When we next met I went through the various options, including one with curves just to make sure it wasn’t what they wanted, and there were elements of all of them that they liked. The last one was my banker, the one I felt was the right design – straight lines but on a 45 degree diagonal across the garden – and they loved it. A few minor tweaks to this one and that was the basis of the design finished.
This just goes to show, that although it’s important to listen to what the Client wants, their wishes mustn’t be set in stone – they must be adaptable to ensure the right design for the space.