My Dream Garden... the waterside terrace.I love waterside locations and often envisage a second home looking across the bay or stretch of estuary. Somewhere restful with a garden leading down to the waters' edge. In reality I don't like gardening and the constant battle against weeds and pests. So here i have designed my low maintaince stress free garden. A semi formal terrace garden with archways and ornate pond and different areas to sit and relax in. There's a roof terrace area to take in the spectacular scenery from its raised platform and the terrace drops down to a decked area secured into the marshland.
My idea here was to create a low maintenance attractive garden. A semi formal walled terrace of archways and different seating sections is surrounded by a relaxed decked area with picnic seating and fire pit. ..perfect combination for enjoying a getaway next to this beautiful shoreline destination.
Nested in the nook of this waterway and surrounded by blue spruce trees sit this detached home and terrace garden
Styled loosely as a mediterranean villa this property with its terrace garden has a decked platform almost growing from the marshland below.
I wanted to incorporate different structural elements and heights throughout this design to add interest and stop it becoming one dimensional.
The colours I have used for the foliage and fabrics throughout this garden are inspired by the blue and greens of the forest backdrop.
View from the rooftop terrace is breathtaking.
Although unheaded these next collection of pictures are all taken of the central terrace from various positions along the decked outer area.
Alfresco dining and a view back under the archways of the ornate lily pond and a glimpse of the home.
One of the small seating corners.
Formal in idea but relaxed in reality, This terrace has touches of turquoise blue throughout.
The stairs leading to the rooftop seating area.
I love this shot of the old boat seen through the foliage.
A beautiful sun filled corner to enjoy coffee or some wine. The glassed building to the left is a greenhouse.
I wanted some formality and symmetrical dimensions to this garden and why I designed the pillars and archways.
Another seating area with glimpse of the side entrance.
The little ornate pond is central to this area.
Enter this area for a view around the terrace.
Every good garden needs a greenhouse.
small plants and cuttings taking root.
Looking through the greenhouse window to the old boat moored on the decked area.
The terrace is raised directly outside the property and flanked with evergreen shrubs.
This pathway lead onto the side entrance in the next photos.
A small corner at the side entrance to the garden, with far reaching views of this stunning location.
The side entrance has a canopied roof along with built-in seating and a modern feature wall.
Looking through the side entrance....... go through gate to the pastured woodlands beyond.
The central terrace area seen from the decked area beyond the wall.
There's informal seating and a fire pit for warm evening entertaining.
Lunch by the lake anyone?
Snooze time in the shade of the pergola for this sleepy feline.
Here you can see the double flight of steps that connect between the areas and this handsome old vessel moored for the winter.
Perhaps waiting for a new coat of paint? This peaceful shot of this weathered boat brings this garden design to its close.