A patio or terracing has always been a traditional finish for magnificent country houses, complete with ornamental urns, balustrading and sweeping steps to an immaculate lawn or formal garden. Most of us have something more modest in mind, but modern materials allow us to choose a huge variety of looks and finishes.
Whether you want a traditional stone terrace, a modern funky patio or beautiful wooden decking, we can accommodate your tastes and produce an addition to your property that will enhance its look and value.
Terraces and patios provide a practical way to bring some of your garden into your home. Whether you choose to cover it for shade and shelter or leave it open to the elements, you’ll be sure to make more use of the area around your home when you can venture out without bringing back piles of mud and wet grass back indoors to ruin your floor coverings.
Planting on a patio can be adventurous and exciting. Whether you choose to incorporate raised flower beds or plant into traditional terracotta pots, gardening can be a whole lot easier to manage and you can always move tender plants to a sheltered spot during inclement weather. A variety of planters provides individuality and interest and we’ve seen everything from (literally) the kitchen sink to old welly boots and watering cans used to great effect. Your flowers don’t care what they’re grown in as long as you water them and offer a little care from time to time. So next time you’re about to throw out anything that could be used as a container, just pause and consider how it would look housing a French marigold or an alstroemeria.
Use taller shrubs to create interest and height and they’ll also provide a little shelter and shade for your tenderer plants. The beauty of shrubs is that they come back every year or if they’re evergreen they will provide interest and colour all winter. Even better if they’re covered with berries that attract birds during the bleaker months. Flowers and shrubs like hebes and jasmine are great to attract bees to your terrace and you’ll be able to watch butterflies, especially if you plant a buddleia, which they love but is far better housed in a pot to prevent it outgrowing its welcome. Don’t be surprised to see a wren or two and maybe the odd frog hopping around your pots if you crowd them together to make an inviting area.