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Garden design | Menston, Yorkshire

The Brief

Our clients with teenage children commissioned a design for a relaxing, productive family garden. There were various priorities including a special place for relaxing and entertaining as well as a dedicated space for growing vegetables and fruit.  A fresh contemporary look was wanted for a hitherto underdeveloped space.

The clients wanted to oversee the build of the project themselves with TEL Landscapes.

The site

This west facing garden is large enough to have plenty of sunny areas.  As the garden was very open with little mature planting, there weren’t any intimate enclosed areas that felt relaxing to be in.  

the finished garden

Words from the contractor...

“We have known and worked with Melissa Morton Garden Design for many years and their projects are always a joy to deliver.

Frequently there is a substantial drawing package prepared which is very helpful indeed. This is especially true of larger more complex projects.  Knowing how the garden components, levels and materials go together makes life a lot easier for us.  It also contributes to the project running smoothly when products can be sourced and researched priori to them actually being needed on site.

The designs and drawing packages that Melissa Morton Garden Design produce often include supporting ‘visuals’ which are also beneficial when communicating the design essence and end goal.


Kitchen garden with raised beds, fruit orchard and shed.

Bespoke pergola  with integrated archway create separate areas.

Seamless transition from the house to patio via wide steps.

Pleached trees to create an avenue to venture down the garden, also providing privacy.


The Design

  • A bespoke pergola with integrated arch aligned with patio doors, creates a vista from the house.  It’s location makes easy access to this outdoor dining area from kitchen for entertaining.  
  • Plants can be grown over the pergola to provide dappled shade.
  • The kitchen garden was nestled at the back of the garden, accessed from the house via a dedicated path.
  • An avenue of pleached trees along the kitchen window vista adds interest when viewed from the house.
  • A second seating area for relaxing on garden sofas.
  • An easily accessible area for the washing line away from the views from the house.


Restricted access to the side of the house can mean construction costs are higher than otherwise. 

The Planting

  • Planting pleached trees provides a strong structure to the garden and provide privacy.
  • Clipped purple beech wedge shaped hedging & yew cubes for structure.
  • Summer flowering plants include roses, Paeonie, Salvia, Verbena, Verbascum and Clematis.
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