Multi stem Gleditsia ( honey locust tree )

 Reclaimed brick, box hedge, catmint

 Family Garden -  Dublin 7

 Client brief:

To create a contemporary family garden with interesting features, seating area and space to play for clients young children. The request for the sunny front garden was to introduce lots of colourful wildlife friendly plants and accomodate a bin store and small seating area.

Design solution:

The design for the back garden was led by the industrial style architecture of the house extension which features exposed concrete, brick and wood. This aesthetic is followed through in the features like the rusted steel planter, garden furniture, teak garden bench, bespoke upright swing and strong forms of architectural plants such as tree ferns, sumach and multi-stem honey locust tree. A large bespoke sandpit was also included which is concealed from the new seating area behind the cor-ten steel planter.

The front garden which was a square of grass has been transformed into a colourful, biodiverse habitat for insects and wildlife. Long flowering shrubs and perennials such as lavender, hydrangea, salvia, catmint, astrantia, verbena, geraniums, penstemons and ornamental grasses provide a welcoming and beneficial entrance to the house. Yew and box hedge, shaped smoke bush and multi stem pittosporum provide structure amongst the flowering plants.  A silver granite  path dissects the planting leading to a bin store/small patio space where the plant colour, fragrance and afternoon sun can be enjoyed.


Garden Features:


  • Front garden patio & path in silver granite paving
  • Back garden patio in reclaimed brick

Garden walls

  • Reclaimed red brick

Garden Bench

  • Custom made teak & cor-ten (weathered steel) steel garden bench
  • Custom made cor-ten (weathered steel) steel planter box

Garden play

  • Sand pit
  • Bespoke children's swing & climbing rope

Garden plants

  • Wild life friendly, fragrant planting scheme for front garden
  • Architectural planting - Tree Ferns, multi-stem trees & shrubs
  • Biodiverse wildlife friendly planting - lavender, verbena, salvia, nepeta,penstemon