Planting through gravel really reduces maintenance. A geotextile membrane is used beneath the gravel to stop weeds pushing through and the gravel reduces the moisture lost from the soil. A small bistro table at the top of the garden allows enjoyment from a different angle.
Sandstone setts are used to create a simple line, emphasising the route up the steps to the top of the garden. By just using single edging lines the cost is greatly reduced and the path becomes a less emphatic feature.
Treated softwood sleepers are used to create terraced levels. An inexpensive material and easy to use, they also create a very soft effect. The return details around the steps take this design up a level from just simple straight lines.
The use of Scottish cobbles & pebbles to mulch the border to the side creates a contrast with the buff gravel, lifting the planting and creating a beautiful feature in its own right.
Golden fossil sandstone paving provides a generous seating area just outside the house, from which the client can now site and enjoy the garden. The different levels add to the interest from this viewpoint.