‘Back To Black’ Garden, College Road, Norwich

These are photos of my sister’s lovely garden, and one of my designs, constructed earlier this year on College Road in Norwich. It’s a great example of how hard landscaping in shades of grey and black can make planting really pop! The composite decking is environmentally-friendly and incredibly practical. It even looks great in the rain.

Timber sleepers were used to terrace the different levels of this sloping garden. The riven slate patio at the bottom of the garden works well with the cedar shingle cladding on the garden room. Galvanised steel cattle troughs make perfect planters for a narrow space, and were also used to create a water feature within the border.

The planting is designed to be light and airy, and includes Alliums, grasses, roses, flowering shrubs (Weigela, Hydrangeas) and perennials (Geraniums, Salvias, Echinacea), that provide colour through most of the year. Ferns, pheasant grasses and bamboos (in the troughs to prevent unwanted runners) give the garden structure. And the existing laurel tree has been pruned and crown-lifted to give the space more light.

Almost complete… taken just before the slate patio and gate were installed.