The shed is also contemporary in style. It suggests a meditation hut, a sauna, a practice room or a playhouse, depending on whether the viewer is a Buddhist, a sensualist, a musician or a child. It is, in reality, an efficient garden shed with a floor constructed of the old bricks saved from the house.
But it is plants that make a garden, and the homeowner has capitalized on every available square inch to achieve a wide range of colours, shapes and form with a superb, very personal collection. ?No cheddar cheese here,? she says of her passion for unusual trees and perennials.
At one end of the pergola, an airy waterfall designed by architect Lance Kaprielian is simple but stunning.