The client’s west-facing house is located in Zollikofen near Berne. To complement an existing seating area at the sun-exposed front of the garden, the client required a secluded and shaded garden room around a fountain with direct access from the kitchen. The historic fountain dates back to 1855 and is part of the grange previously located on this site. The new garden room consists of two areas, a shaded area to the north of the house and a sunny seating area near the fountain. Clipped Buxus and Taxus elements frame these areas, forming a pleasing contrast with the round shapes of Sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Gum Ball’) and ornamental grasses in the neighbouring garden.

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As the clients are passionate gardeners, the planting design is complex and provides all-year interest. Seasonal highlights are set by deep purple (Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’) and white tulips (Tulipa ‘White Triumphator’), blue bearded iris (Iris barbata-elatior ‘High Stakes’ and ‘Blue Temptation’, Przewalskii’s golden ray (Ligularia przewalskii) and mahonia (Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’). The brazier is the focal point in the shaded area of the garden enhancing the red-tinged sandstone paving and the brick facade. After a rain, the paving’s lively yet delicate structure becomes a highlight of the garden.

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