When the families’ brief is a cottage garden feel, with room for two teenage boys to play football and cricket all year round, you would normally expect acres of ground. But this plot is 10m x 12m. By changing the axis of the garden layout, we were able to maximise the lawn area allowing more space to play. But this also allowed for more areas of planting. Built in seating, outdoor kitchen and pergola in cool grey colours, create a sense of unity, while drawing your eye around the garden. A soft palette of purple, mauve, pink and white blur the edges of the play area. With the addition of box balls, that act as buffers to the flying footballs!