Herbaceous borders with a contemporary twist in Harpenden by Amanda Broughton Garden Design
Herbaceous borders with a contemporary twist in Harpenden by Amanda Broughton Garden Design

Contemporary New Build Garden Design
Harpenden, Hertfordshire

We are delighted to present this impressive contemporary new build garden design in our portfolio. Our clients approached us at the planning stage of their beautiful new house, which they were having built on the site of an existing large bungalow in Harpenden.

The brief was to create an elegant outdoor space, which would compliment the house. The new garden design was to be contemporary in style, whilst tying in seamlessly with more traditional materials.

The Design

We have achieved this aim by combining solid natural materials with brick built retaining walls. A long water-rill, with bubble fountains, was placed to one end of the new sandstone terrace. Four roof-trained Liquidambar trees sit to one side of the dining area, creating a more intimate space, with views back to the water-feature. Expansive sawn sandstone steps, flanked by raised flower-beds, lead down to a large formal lawn.

Long flower-beds run the whole perimeter of the lawn, with grass paths creating vistas towards the more informal rear of the garden. A bespoke slate sculpture commissioned by James Parker, draws the eye to the rear of the garden whilst being subtle enough to allow you to enjoy the planting. A group of Birch trees softens the back drop of evergreen trees at the end of the garden and the generous borders exude colour and vibrancy, creating a really spectacular garden!

Amanda designed my garden, wrote the technical specifications, oversaw the execution and sourced and planted all the trees, plants and bulbs per the design. We are hugely impressed. In particular, she was able to translate our somewhat incoherent ideas on what we wanted into an amazing design, whilst respecting the budget parameters we set. She has a great insight into what will work by way of design and effective planting. Amanda listened, but delivered something that we couldn't have imagined. The sight lines from the house are lovely and will be stunning through the seasons. She has a lovely team around her and partnered well with our landscape contractors. We can't recommend Amanda highly enough and wouldn't hesitate to recommend her for large or small projects.