16/08/2013 10:59 AM
Richard and Sonja Amos have an established relationship with Jacksons.
They came to one of our first open days for the show gardens project back in 2010 and were prize draw winners having entered the draw on the day and winning £500 of Jacksons products.
At that point they had recently moved to a new property in Whitstable and had great plans to work on the house and garden, to shape it into the home of their dreams. From the photograph here of the house when they moved in, you can see the lovely, large south west facing garden presented something of a blank canvas for them, which obviously suited the couple down to the ground, as they are brimming with great ideas, and with Richard’s know-how, the means to put their plans into action as well.
Having visited them over the last few years, I have seen how they have transformed, not just the house, but the garden as well, into a stylish area for outdoor living and entertaining, which reflects their lively and fun outlook on life.
The work on the garden over the last few years has seen the laying of an extensive area of block paving to create a smart patio moving down from the house. Having installed a Jacksons pergola at their previous home and having experienced the great quality and guaranteed durability of Jacksons Jakcured timber products, they decided to do so again. A five bay, double pergola was installed, creating a lovely seating area with decorative pots and climbing plants, and not least a covered nook for their hot tub.
There is also the “hidey hole”, at the end of the garden. This is a section of the garden screened off with featherboard fence panels with diamond trellis toppers – Jacksons of course! It hides a utility area complete with potting bench, butler’s sink, shelving and cupboards for tools and a composter. These are all the things that can make a garden look cluttered and untidy. From the outside it looks lovely with the trellis clothed in pink clematis - inside the hidey hole everything is tucked away from general view, and taking advantage of a sunny spot there’s even a six foot trellis supporting luscious tomato vines. It’s a brilliant idea.
The most recent project was to create a gazebo behind the garage on the left of the garden enabling Richard and Sonja to enjoy the evening sun in that spot. Initial ideas were along the lines of the Jacksons corner pergola, or a rectangular arbour made from pergola parts, but the idea took an unexpected turn when the couple visited Jacksons open day and saw one of the new show gardens, Within the Weave by Kari Beardsell.
This garden featured our new woven fence panels used vertically, rather than horizontally - which is more the norm. The woven panels were interspersed with “living walls” a system of cells to allow planting on the vertical. Inspired by this the new gazebo in the Amos’s garden took shape and is now completed, and is looking amazing!
Thank you to Sonja and Richard Amos for, not only being advocates of Jacksons products, but also for allowing me to come in and enjoy their lovely garden, take pictures of it all and enjoy their company.
There are more pictures of Richard and Sonja's garden in the gallery.