Time, fashion and new pool regulations left this Kew home with a poorly placed, strangely shaped unframed swimming pool that dominated the most useable outdoor part of the garden. Coupled too with vast expanses of red brick and tired planting, it was overdue for a face lift.
A simple support of yachting wires span between boundary and house to carry a canopy of Virginia Creeper. Bluestone laid in a french pattern bring a muted but stylish appeal to the flooring. The paving remains square to the house but gaps between pool and paving allow for ground cover and tree plantings to diffuse the angles. A simple pool fence of fine black rod is lost amongst this garden space. So much better than glass, a rod fence allows air and plants to move through it.
Blues and limes were the colour palette for this planting design. A woodland of Robinia ‘Frisia’ gives a real freshness and softness to the space. The bright lime greens are complimented by the deep blues of Plectranthus, Liriope Royal Purple and the jewel like berries of Callicarpa.
The finished result, a contemporary landscape that oozes useability and tranquility.