The first garden is linked to the charity Pets As Therapy. It’s a marvellous charity that uses the joy and benefits of pets to enhance people’s health and wellbeing. Volunteers take the pets to those that are isolated or in care homes so that they can interact with the animals and enjoy them.
I wanted the design of this garden to reflect pets and how they are the heart of so many of our homes. The garden centres around a paw print created out of lawn and surrounded by Bradstone's Mellow Cotswold gravel, which really highlights the design, making quite the bold statement.
Chrysanthemums and pittosporums are delicately planted around the border, interspersed with the spectacular sword-like foliage of phormiums. And an under-planting of heucheras really brings this lush and full garden to life.
The paw print sits in a circular display at the heart of the garden, with the Bradstone Natural Sandstone paving in the Fossil Buff colour creating the path. The path leads along the right hand side of the garden until it hits the house, and then turns at a right angle along the front of the house until it reaches the front door. What this does is it makes you spend a few moments walking through the garden before you get into the house.