The owner of this small garden in Rochester asked us to create a Gothic garden that would convey the spooky and magical feeling she was looking for in all its elements.
We designed a dark envelope for the garden installing a new fence and painting it black along with the shed, which we relocated to the other side of the garden to create room for a seating area in the sun. We added black whimsical arches and a gazebo on three levels. In the materials palette, the black was offset by washed-out, aged wood effect decking (Millboard), sleepers for the level changes and wood effect stepping stones that create a journey through the garden.
The chunky York stone slabs used as steps were reclaimed from a Victorian insane asylum. The main focal point is the larch that ghoulishly drapes over the arched entrance to a gated sanctum at the rear of the garden, the pale blue contrasting with the surrounding black. Black phormiums perch like spiders and offset the spikey heads of Eryngium Silver ghost, and a lot of fun was had in playing with various mysterious plant combinations.