As with many properties in central London, the space in this garden was quite compact and overlooked by some of the surrounding houses. These problems were combated by the installation of a decorative cedar trellis along the garden boundaries to give an additional degree of privacy and a large cantilevered bench to provide a permanent seating area with ample room to accommodate a central dining table.
The garden was given a modern yet warm feel by incorporating painted block and render retaining walls, capped with reclaimed red bricks, to house a mixture of evergreen and perennial plants that give colour and interest throughout the year.
The bench is a good example of the care and attention that we take when constructing our gardens and we take a great amount of pride making sure every detail is perfect. From the depth of foundations underground to the joints on the timber work, everything is designed and skilfully crafted to ensure that each garden is both a pleasure to enjoy and long lasting.
Plants for the garden were chosen to give all year colour as well as structure and the selection incorporates plants that grow to different heights and shapes, with taller plants being positioned at the rear and lower mound forming specimens, such as Hebe, placed to partly overhang the brick capping. Perennial flowers such as Salvia nemerosa and Dianthus (carnations) are dotted in-between and offer a splash of colour in amongst the green.
As a contrast to large porcelain tiles, Scottish beach cobbles were used underneath the floating bench. These also aid drainage in the garden and hide cabling that leads to several low voltage uplighters highlighting the warm tones of cedar above. To enable the garden to easily be utilised at night, lighting has also been installed at varyings heights throughout the raised beds, making entertaining late on a summer's evening or a winters's afternoon a much more pleasant experience.