Dragonera, Hale

An exciting project in Hale, Greater Manchester, with a brief to create a garden inspired by the Scottish Highlands and the Lake District. The large, wrap around garden was broken up into areas, each with a different feel and function but all united with the same theme of planting. UK natives such as Birch and Heather alongside species like Scots Pine were used to evoke wilder parts of the country and massive specimens were hand picked to provide instant impact and screening along the bare boundaries. Almost all planting in the garden had to be added. The driveway area has large format natural stone planks and generously wide steps to give added drama to the entrance. 3m high Yew hedges add a crisp boundary. The front garden is sunken and for a focal point, has the clients’ fun take on stone henge .. the glass outdoor room houses tender citrus trees and herbs. Long, geometric steps lead up into the back garden where a beautiful Koto cabin is nestled amidst Pine trees and Betula albinosinensis ‘fascination’. The raised terrace has plenty of space for lounge furniture and has a water feature with small fountains embedded in the paving. Stone from Cumbria was selected for large format paving. A large vegetable garden is tucked away around the rear of the property and has 9 beautiful espaliered apple and pear trees. Oak sleeper raised beds provide space to grow and green slate walls enclose the area.