Modern Walled Garden

Elegant Black and White Scheme

The owners of this modern walled garden tucked away in the heart of Whalley Range, Manchester contacted me with a view to the complete redesign of what was an overgrown grassed area with around 6 medium-sized, old fruit trees in the centre.


The garden hadn’t been used for a while, except to collect the windfall apples and the trees had become less productive over the years due to neglect and lack of formative pruning.  With the trees creating shade within the central area of the garden, there wasn’t any room to use the space for entertaining, play or relaxation for the owners; a busy couple with very demanding jobs, their two large dogs, father, niece and young nephew, a growing toddler who needed a safe place to run around in!


Creating an elegant, modern space that worked for the combined needs of this busy, friendly family was a lot of fun as the clients had a good eye for design and came to the table with clear ideas of what they liked and didn’t like.  Collaborating with clients is always interesting, teasing out their ideas by discussing styles, themes and looking at pinterest boards always helps!  I also look at the clients home and the materials and treatments they have chosen for the interior as a starting point to ease the transition from the indoor to the outdoor areas.


For the material and plant choices we decided to keep the palette simple and elegant.  Black, white and green was our starting point and we didn’t veer far from this minimal palette but for some exceptions.  The structural, architectural and formal elements of the garden were emphasised and complimented by the planting with added softness and texture to ensure the finished product didn’t become too clinical.


Plant list includes:

  • Buxus sempervirens balls in different sizes
  • Hydrangea arborescent ‘Annabelle’
  • Hydrangea paniculata ‘Confetti’
  • Betula utilis var jacquemontii
  • Phyllostachys nigra
  • Verbena bonariensis
  • Fatsia japonica


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Contemporary Gardens