The garden of this large Georgian house is much smaller than it once was and felt overwhelmed by the tall building. It needed strong definition and focus in order to provide a characterful environment in its own right, where the owners actively wanted to spend time. The design of the border mirrors that of existing landscaping beside the house and softens the tight boundary, while the new planting scheme provides year-round interest, a simple colour scheme and strong shapes that draw the eye and help to redefine the balance between house and garden.