Tennent Garden Design
Anatomy of a Design
1. Pool and Patio Considerations
- Proximity of swimming pool and hot tub to house entry
- Location of shallow and deep pool areas in relation to the patio
- Deck and patio areas sized and positioned for various activities
- Sun and shade locations
- Storage and change areas
- Location of fence to minimize its visual impact from the house
- Convenient gate locations
- Room for lounging and dining furniture
- Views from the pool, deck and patio areas
- Balance of paved and planted areas
- Proximity of pool to septic bed
2. Design Considerations for an Older Home in need of a Makeover.
- Removal or pruning of obstructive and overgrown plant material
- Introduction of shade tolerant plantings that will thrive amongst mature trees and shrubs
- Plants whose mature size will suit the scale of the location they are in
- Generous paths and steps to doorways
- Enlarged deck area for dining, barbequing and enjoying the garden
- Deck area built around a mature tree
- Adjacent patio and planting beds harmoniously connected with the upper deck
- Natural rockery retaining walls that will not overwhelm the garden
- Perimeter plantings to provide privacy, shade, and seasonal colour
- Attractive and functional access routes along sides of house where space is minimal
3. Design Considerations for a Townhouse Courtyard Garden.
- Strong path connection between house, driveway and garage linked to back alley access
- Feeling of spaciousness in a small 26' x 40' area incorporating a large patio, lawn, built in storage/privacy fence/arbor/bench, plus room for trees and plantings.
- Attractive views from the house to the garden and the garden to the house.
- Room for children and dogs