Clifton, Bristol

Clifton Courtyard Garden

for D + M

The balance of architecture and exterior…


We were recommended to the clients by Moon – the architect and builder of the cedar-clad garden room. The client required a fresh take on their garden whilst being sympathetic to the period house and new extension. Having lovingly maintained the garden before the renovations, there were existing elements to incorporate in the new scheme; established trees, boundary walls, and the pond. The garden can be viewed from two distinct aspects so creating pleasing vistas was high on the priority list.

Following on as a high priority was addressing an unattractive edge to the pond. The previous installation had created a shallow side with a very visible liner and no planting. Re-lining was not an option as there was great wildlife and established planting. Instead, we devised a solution to hide the edge whilst creating a great design feature – a cantilevered Limestone paving terrace. A concrete footing was installed behind the shallow boundary of the pond and concrete block and beams were laid to overhang the pond edge (around 400mm at the longest point). Egyptian limestone was laid on a full mortar bed reinforced with steel mesh.

Cedar was used to cladding the top of the long, tall boundary wall and discreetly hide the neighbour’s tired trellis. Stainless steel cabling ran the full length with densely planted Jasmine creating an evergreen screen to disguise a mismatch of brick, render and stonework.

Ample planting beds and a neat lawn provided the clients with the gardening they desired and a beautiful backdrop to the many vistas in the garden. The addition of a Cornus Kousa and Acer grisium help draw the height of the neighbouring properties down into the garden. Simple but well-placed lighting adds drama and depth to the scheme

We trusted the planting team with their design and planting ideas. We have been delighted with the results.
The onsite team members are all extremely hard working, even in the grimmest weather, and a pleasure to have around.
We would use Artisan for any future projects and recommend them without hesitation. – D + M

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