The plot is a mid-terrace garden that is empty apart from an established Fatsia Japonica.
The client has requested an area for dining and a dedicated workshop space.
Client would like scented flowers to be included in planting scheme.
The plot is typical of properties in the area where space is at a premium.
The garden is surrounded by a period brick wall. However, this wall has not been built at a 90° angle to the house, resulting in an odd and awkwardly shaped space. There is also a slight slope and different levels in different parts of the garden.
The client has requested a low-maintenance, easy care garden.
The space will be divided into three areas, allowing a myriad of practical and recreational uses.
The bottom third of the space will become a workshop area (to be constructed by the client), providing practicality without compromising the aesthetic appeal of the rest of the space.
The area along the side of the house is to be decked. This deck will continue out 12 feet behind the house, running the width of the garden, providing an attractive area for dining and entertaining.
The walls to the back and the side of the house will be utilised as much as possible, using objet d'art, wall pots and evergreen climbers, in order to minimise the use of precious floor space.
The middle area of the garden will feature raised beds constructed of old railway sleepers. This will help to give a sense of enclosure, while providing variety in the garden’s levels - particularly important in a small space. The space between the two beds will be paved with York Stone slabs, adding a rich beauty to the space. Deep benching, also constructed of railway sleepers and fixed to the side of the raised beds, will be installed on either side of the paved area. Bespoke removable cushions will give the benches comfort, elegance and practicality.
The choice of plants will give the space a lush jungle feel, with dense planting in a palette of white and black flowers. This will be offset with evergreen foliage in a variety of shades of green, creating a simple yet stunning scheme with year-round appeal. As the plants mature they will, together with the existing Fatsia Japonica, also serve to mask the workshop area at the bottom of the space .
The existing fences will be beautified with reed screening, helping to unify the space.