Long Eaton Garden Design: Firepit and Curves

The garden design brief the client gave me was simply that, brief – “fun, vibrant, unique space that compliments the surroundings” i was given free reign to let my imagination run wild!

The garden they had already was dark, damp and run down. It had many over growth plants and shrubs that had been placed in spots with little thought.

Before, During and After.



The client asked for a bright, airy and unique garden – ‘something that you don’t see everyday’ – was my brief. So off i went to drawing board to put together my¬† garden design concepts and ideas. I came back presented and set about the build.

Something that you don’t see everyday!

What i proposed was a radical change, i suggested that we try to use an much reclaimed materials as possible. Luckily the site had many discarded bricks in it already so these were saved and used in the feature fire-pit and the new retaining wall these elements sat neatly in a site that was surrounded on two sides by red brick Victorian walls as well as marry in with the exterior of property.

To compliment the fire-pit three circular inter-locking bespoke steps were to be built using industrial grade timber, along with 88 individual upright posts that were set in the ground to rising and falling in a wave form to accentuate the curves of the lawn/planting beds.

The steps sit flush with the block paving and natural Indian sandstone patio as well as the lawn. The sandstone slabs and block paving are inter laid to create an unique and interesting upper terrace. To screen the user of the garden and create intrigue in three bespoke stainless steel planters are been planted with various bamboos and placed on the edge of the upper terrace pushing the user to the steps and along the journey to the fire-pit at the bottom of the garden.


The planting is a contemporary in essence with an abundance of ornamental grasses, phoriums, acers, vincas and bamboos. the client had a special desire to have a California plant in the garden so a California Maple was planted. As the site had a mature Betula pendula which we lifted the crown to increase the amount of light in the site, but to give the site more height we planted two Prunus Serula for its beautiful peeling bark.

Have a look at the video where you will see the garden design come alive and please feel free to leave any comments you may have.




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