During a GARDEN DESIGN VISIT to this country garden (below) I put forward suggestions as to how to relieve the monotony of the expanse of grass and paving.  There and then I marked out a curvaceous gravel path with a niche half way down for a bench to nestle into a bosky border.  On later visits I helped the green-fingered owners decide how to use their favourite plants to best effect whilst also encouraging them to try new ones to give strong structual bones.

Another of my proposals was to removed some of the paving and create a gravel garden thereby bringing plants right up to the house.  Some of the slabs were replaced to form a stepping stone path through an arch.  The trellis screen also breaks up the severe brick facade, dividing the space, creating distinct areas and distracting the eye from the fence.

BELOW LEFT - view before

BELOW RIGHT - same view afterwards

TOP LEFT - view of gravel garden and trellis "wall"

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