This is a very small Town Garden in Brussels of about 10 x 5 meters. It is surrounded by garden walls and a high building at the South of the garden is blocking the light from about 2 pm in Summer.
The owner's wish was to take their morning espresso in the summer sun and to enjoy their outdoor space as a lively sanctuary. A lot of thought went into the colors of the garden and house walls to let them disappear visually as much as possible.
The surrounding buildings and gardens have been included into the concept so that the colors of the redesigned garden are integrated into the city landscape.
We opted for the terrace on the shadier side because of the better view and privacy.
During night times spots are projecting dramatic shadows on the walls which is delightful no matter the weather or season.
La "Jardine" à Dworp
Elégante, féminine, douce, protégée, joyeuse, légère… et de belles couleurs. C’est un jardin féminin – une « Jardine » .
The owners already have a beautiful garden into which they want to integrate a swimming pool, a pool house with sauna, a protected evening terrace with fireplace and a garden shed.
The functional part of the outdoor space needs to be organized as well and integrate a compost, a bicycle storage and a hide-away for garbage cans.
A stunning Magnolia will be preserved but needs a healthy elagation. The border of Hydrangea will stay untouched.
Little grand-children are starting to arrive and they shall run in the grass and play with Luna, the much beloved dog.
As big structural change is going to happen in the garden, we need to conserve a feeling of spaciousness as much as possible.
Front Garden for Winter Interest
This Garden project is for a Showroom for heating systems. As the main business is taking place in winter, the garden's main interest is in the cold season. The client wants a garden which will enliven the rather dull building and which requires only little maintenance.
We are opting for a design which includes winter blooming heathers, and persistant, wavy Stipa and Poa. Additional interest will come from the flamboyantly red branches of the naked Cornus alba Sibirica in contrast with the white bark of Betula utilis jacquemontii.
Furthermore we are using Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster' for screaning and the beautiful grasses Molinia and Pennisetum in conjunction with Perennials which are keeping their fading beauty well in winter.
The Planting Plan
Just before the Garden Works
Just after the Garden Works
Everything needs still to grow, but life is there already.
Large Playful Country Garden
The owners have moved into a new country home with a large garden of about 1 ha. They have grown children, who frequently come to visit their parents and enjoy the countryside. The owners are joyful people who love to receive, give parties and play. They want to play tennis, take a swim to cool down and relax in the outdoor whirlpool. They need enough parking space for their visitors to station their cars.
The triangular form of the plot presents a challenge at first, but soon reveals itself as a benediction. The tennis court can be hidden away easily, by putting it into the outer corner. The very corner becomes a small forest with a secret space.
Together we choose to build a natural swimming pond with small beach and wooden deck. It can be reached by a winding path, which leads through several leaf shaped planting beds with different meadow like planting styles. The secret hiding place can be reached in this way on the other side of the garden.
The terrace is large enough to allow big receptions and the jacuzzi is integrated here as well.
There is still a big open space, which the owners chose to plant with lawn. It is an option to leave most of it rather wild and to mow it rarely.
This is a design, which emphasizes the playful nature of the owners, creating a slightly dancing almost rolling atmosphere.
Small Circular Country Garden
The circular layout of the garden has been inspired by the owner's love for motorcycles.
The circle is referring to a wheel as well as to a circuit, but instead of giving way to speed and acceleration, the design is inviting to go for a relaxed stroll through small fractions of a natural environment, suggested by the planting of ornamental grasses and perennials often found in a prairie setting.
The main terrace is built from smooth, grey concrete slabs; a small water feature in front of the lounge area completes this relaxing area. Colorful ceramic planters are creating a contrast to the sobriety of the concrete floor.
On the other end of the garden a slightly raised timer terrace and a new summerhouse are inviting to enjoy the evening sun.
The kitchen garden is located in the area behind the green house and is featuring six vegetable beds limited by wooden frames.
The garden is designed to celebrate the beauty of the natural countryside; the exaggeration of the circle theme is suggesting a slightly humorous point of view.