HUGH RYAN LANDSCAPE DESIGN

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This large garden of about 0.6 hectare is located in a rural part of the Irish Midlands about two hours from Dublin. The original patio garden with its raised planters acted as a block between house and garden rather than a link and my design called for the sweeping away of this congested layout and replacing it with a fresh outward looking scheme.
The resulting design is more complex than one might think at first glance, and this complexity, along with the exacting nature of the geometry, made for a challenging build. Built on eleven different levels this garden is a combination of stone paving, painted hardwood decking, a split level water feature and a series of a raised planers constructed from painted pressure treated timber. The splayed angles of these planters is the most important design device in helping to open up this patio area and the mirroring of the sky in the upper pond catches the broader landscape of the western sky. The back of the house faces SW and the large deck which open immediately off the sunroom provides ample space for eating out and relaxing. The upper pond is raised some 45cm above the deck, and as I say acts as a mirror to the sky, with the evening light being particularly beautiful. Water flows from this pond to the lower via a stone lip, and a timber bridge that links the deck to the lawn crosses this lower pond. The planting is mainly herbaceous, as this patio garden will not see much use during the winter months.
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