"We've used Mel (Gardenplan Design) & Mick (Avalon Landscapes & Design Ltd) for two projects - a courtyard garden and our rear garden - and will be using them again shortly to work their magic on our front garden. We would thoroughly recommend choosing them for your garden project. Mel's designs have always delivered everything we asked for, but with an unexpected twist that surprised and delighted us. Mick has brought those designs to life with his advice on materials and finishes, while his team have been professional, tidy and considerate throughout. Our drab gardens have been transformed in to colourful outdoor rooms, offering a choice of different places to sit throughout the day."

Contemporary 'Coastal' Hot Tub Garden  

After completing their small courtyard garden, our clients were so impressed with the transformation that they invited us back to design their back garden.

The garden was to be designed around the installation of a hot tub spa and the space was to have a contemporary coastal feel.

The hot tub is set in a raised deck section with a small seating area next to it. This is used by our clients and their guests, both before and after they have used the spa. Bespoke painted, wood-slat, trelliswork ties the whole area together and a painted, wooden raised bed in the front gives some privacy to the spa users. An ‘egg pod’ enclosed wicker seat was placed in the top right hand corner: this has become an ideal spot for a lazy Sunday afternoon snooze after using the spa.

Our initial consultation also highlighted the need for an outdoor shower; guests now change and shower in the garden instead of the house.

The patio dining area, adjacent to the house, was re-laid at an off-sett angle to work with the layout of the spa section. On the left hand side a painted, ‘L’ shaped and rendered wall with a stainless steel water feature form a focal point from the patio and spa area.

The garden has a contemporary ‘sand dune feel’ and this is picked up again with the mass planting of grasses throughout the garden. Two beautiful multi-stemmed Silver Birch trees are planted in the left hand border for screening and privacy.

Striking orange and mirrored planters were added to provide form the finishing touches.

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