Water laps almost up to an expanse of high quality oak decking, but we hardly see it because our eyes travel between the flowers and the seating area. The plants in the foreground include a mix of lilac scabious and agastache, red achillea and the glaucous leaves of cerinthe major (honeywort).
A traditional woven willow fence shelters this contemporary garden and provides privacy. Arching branches of a willow tree with finger-like leaves break up the lines and add a dipping motion: were we there, we could see the wind in them.
While this is a show garden, designed by Nicola Oakey as part of the Young Designer Competition at the RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, it makes me think what a bright spot having a private, peaceful garden must have been during the last year of lockdowns. No wonder the horticulture trade is booming.