The area was previously a sloping area of bare lawn. They wanted a garden that allowed easier access, separate areas for relaxation and entertainment and some subtle Italian design influences. Planting needed to provide year round interest and excite the senses. The client was an interior designer and as such had some commissioned furniture pieces to be placed within the garden.
The main problem was a sloping site, so early on it was decided to have a large retaining wall at the foot of the garden. This would not only flatten the site but also create a strong boundary between the driveway and the garden itself. The final design settled on a fairly symmetrical design, taking inspiration from traditional Italian gardens. This helped to create two distinct areas within the small space.
Using paving in the lower space helped to distinguish it as the entertainment area. There are multiple entrances both to the house and the garden so there needed to be a lot of pathways. Keeping the design fairly symmetrical and having strong rectilinear planting beds helped to ensure these pathways complimented the design.