Small Quayside Garden, Maldon Essex

This small quayside garden was surrounded by neighbouring walls from all angles and felt closed in. The client’s brief was to provide some interest to the walls with attractive planting, areas for entertaining and relaxing, and a lawned area for sunbathing and picnics. Cube designed a garden with symmetrical elements to balance and enhance the space available for planting and entertaining. Slatted fence panels and coloured walls were used as alternating features to break up the feeling of enclosure. An Osmanthus Tree created a focal point at the centre of the back fence, underplanted with buxus balls, agapanthus, astrantia, verbenas and anemonies. A bespoke water-feature was formed as part of this feature raised bed, creating an ambient sound to wash away any distractions from the relaxing space. Grey porcelain paving was chosen for a clean contemporary look. Oversized planters softened the neighbouring wall and created a backdrop for the dining and entertaining area. On the opposite side, made-to measure cedar slatted seating was crafted to create a relaxing lounge area. Raised planters added colour to this seating area and softened the neighbouring glass wall. An artificial lawn was chosen for low maintenance and continues the theme of straight contemporary lines. Soft lighting was evenly placed around the garden to enhance the focal points and extend the hours of entertaining.

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Designed and Built by Cube 1994. This small quayside garden has been transformed into a tranquil haven, filled with bespoke features that celebrate the beautiful setting. Watch the video to see the design in detail.