LARGE LAWNED GARDEN
Extending to just over half an acre, the garden at the rear of this impressively refurbished house in the village of Totteridge, on the outskirts of London, needed extensive landscaping works to convert it into a beautiful and useable family garden.
A neglected old outdoor swimming pool was removed and the hole filled to create a large lawn and patio area, whilst at the bottom of the garden an overgrown woodland needed major arboricultural work to establish a central clearing in which a shade tolerant wildflower meadow and planting beds could be introduced.
Divided into several distinct areas, the garden consists of two large lawns and patios. The upper patio, leading out from kitchen, provides a generous area for dining alfresco, with plumbing having been installed for an outdoor kitchen and BBQ.
Wide central steps lead down to the upper lawn, bisected by a porcelain tiled pathway that leading to a second patio that will house garden sofas.
Generous planting beds border the upper patio and lawn and are edged with powder coated metal bands. The planting consists of low grasses such a Luzula nivea and a mix of perennils and shrubs that give all year interest, such as Hydrangea Annabelle, Astrantia major 'Roma' (Masterwort), Salvia caradonna (Balkan clary) and Hemerocallis (Daylily).
An overgrown woodland at the bottom of the garden was reclaimed by thinning out and removing scrubland, creating a clearing in the centre where a wildflower meadow was planted. Gravel paths, wind there way from the lower lawn through the woodland and back again to give all weather access to all parts of the garden. Curved flowerbeds containing woodland plants boarder the paths, eventually hiding sections of the garden to create a feeling of mystery.
Large 600mm x 600mm porcelain tiles were used to create the patios and main walkways through the garden. These tiles were chosen to match tiles used on the interior so as to give a seamless feel to the space when the huge sliding doors are open.