Gardenscape in the Mountains by

2023 Private Gardens / Poland / Built in 2021 /

The authentically rural slopes of the Beskidy mountains with an original picturesque landscape are opened by the sunny, encouraging activity, garden with expanded comfort sport and recreational function.

The design task is not easy due to the dense development of the neighborhood and the impact of the narrow building plot. The mountain climate determines exceptionally demanding selection of plants. Unequivocally modern and timeless design, created in the natural material, as well as the display of valuable specimens of the existing plants, are important for inhabitants. Equally important was the introduction of landscape into the interior of the house, joining nature with architecture and creating friendly spaces.

An area with significant height differences had to be designed for sports and recreation in the northern part of the garden, which had undergone the greatest transformation. Among the features designed for this area were the swimming pool surrounding, sauna building and fireplace area. Stone, grassy ramps became a connection between these elements. We have designed terracing at a significant gradient of the slope with discreet and effective glass protection. Stone paths, wooden platforms and stairs meander through gravel patios crowned with clumps of decorative very tall grasses, loved by the homeowners. The sports and recreation area with a swimming pool and sauna was designed on one level, a place for social gatherings by the fire on another two levels. Wooden trellises and pergolas with a subtle and unobtrusive form are connecting these levels.

Investors wished to have the nearness of water and the ability to spend time in the garden in the larger group, throughout the whole year. For this reason, in the southern part of the garden we have designed durable wooden terraces with canopies to protect from the sun and rain, adjacent to an ornamental water reservoir. In this part of the garden, residents relax from the activities of daily life and feast with their loved ones. As in the northern part of the garden, we had to deal with significant differences in height by continuing the grassy ramps. An additional feature is the wide stone staircase connecting the upper level with the lower section of the southern garden. Wooden trellises and pergolas become supports for a variety of climbing plants.

The garden’s captivating atmosphere was complemented by flora with carefully composed colours and a distinctive variety of textures, attractive through all seasons. The precise selection of plants was determined, among other things, by the heavy, clay soil and the harsh climate. To minimise the risk of flooding of the plants, we have designed raised flower beds. The owners of the garden value decorative plant species, especially the native ones present in the nearest surroundings. The existing greenery was supplemented with trees attractive in their habit: beech tree (Fagus sylvatica), decorative maple-leaf plane trees (Plathanus x hispanica) with “painted” bark, evergreen pines (Pinus), spruces (Picea), firs (Abies) in attractive varieties. Shrubs, perennials and decorative grasses adding colour to this garden are: tree hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) and bouquet hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata), long-blooming red roses (Rosa rosea), blooming with strong purple clematis (Clematis) and chinese glycines (Wisteria sinensis), chinese miscanthus (Miscanthus sinensis), feather reed grass (Calamagostris acutiflora), cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica), long blooming yellow rudbeckia (Rudbeckia), shade-loving hosta, sun-loving pink sedum (Sedum spectable).

Our original landscaping, non-mainstream furniture, discreet illumination of the entire area create a harmonious and inviting enclave.

Location: Poland (Jaworze the village in south of Poland)

Design year: 2020

Year Completed: 2021


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