Easy access multi-level garden

I know, we’re going on about level changes again. Completed towards the end of this summer, here’s another example of why changes in level within a garden can be a very good thing. The design needed to allow for a more gentle access from the main paved area up to the lawn level, with the client also being keen to avoid having handrails if possible. Keeping the steps fairly broad and generous helps to reduce the visual impact of the difference in ground levels and, therefore, a less daunting prospect. Planting beds created at various heights on either side of the steps also help to soften the appearance.

The upper seating area and pergola give the garden a destination point. Not only does it provide a reason for the ‘journey’ through the garden, but it also creates the illusion of more space and provides another place from which to view the garden.