The owners of this garden were having an old garage removed and wanted to make good use of the extra space they would gain. They had a preference for a Japanese style of planting and design but also wanted to make it a low maintenance space.
With a growing family, there was a need for climbing apparatus, stepping stones and a swing and these structures are incorporated into the garden with no loss of style. One of the Torii gate pergola arches will form a support for the swing. Eventually it would resort to the pergola role of support for climbing plants. It also is intended to frame a small tree such as a Japanese Acer.
A larger patio and reconfigured steps will make this area more flexible for outdoor play and eating outdoors.
The lawn is circular and divided in a Yin Yang way with the use of stepping stones.
A mini cherry orchard intended to be composed of miniature Prunus shrubs will enable a celebration of the cherry blossom season in Spring (Hanami).
Planting suggestions and the cobble path as well as the gravel kitchen garden also reflect a Japanese aesthetic.
This design was produced up to a detailed Sketch Design stage because of budgetary constraints. The customers will decide themselves which materials and plants they wish to use to bring the design to fruition.