I think I could do better for a page title … but it feels like converting the garage into an extra 3 bedroom annex, so it will be the “Garden Extension”.
We have an area that once was a tennis court, no longer a viable playing surface when we moved in, and our kids have no keenness for tennis. Not to mention that the court is in completely the wrong place … well, I have persuaded myself that it should go! We were very keen to have a sunken garden; a knot garden, parterre and some topiary would be ideal, but they are best enjoyed looking down on them for a higher vantage point. Trouble is, the land around here is very flat, and heavy clay. If we dug a hole 4′ deep I am really unsure both about how well the drainage would function (with so little fall), and whether anything would grow well in the sub-soil we would expose. We can create decent planting holes, but they will just be containers for water – not for nothing a “marled” pond just needs clay to retain the water.
The organising committee (just the two of us!) is still in debate, but my mind has already moved to a flat garden.