The family garden is visually and functionally divided into two parts. The largest contains a lawn and mixed borders with a selection of Japanese maples, small shrubs, grasses and herbaceous perennials. All year round interest is provided and there are contrasts present in terms of foliage textures and of colourful schemes.
The second part is a shady gravel garden. A lawn wouldn't grow here so a gravel surface was a great replacement, and in addition brings another interesting element into the garden. The shady area was perfect for ferns and hostas growing.
There is a little play of exchanging surfaces between the patio and the lawn/border.