Garden design live (1)

Have you ever wanted to overhaul your garden but with minimum intervention for maximum benefit?  That is actually the brief to which we have worked on our current garden project (under construction as I type).

The garden design plan involves the renovation of an existing suburban garden.  It is of a traditional style with a good-sized lawn and generous planting beds along the sides with an existing (but weedy) natural stone pathway providing access down through the garden.  However, these elements had not been reconciled with a recent house extension and patio which are contemporary in form and style.

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View of existing garden (pre-design)

So, the main design issue was to marry up the remnants of the previous garden with the new style of the house.   This meant adding in some new paving to tie the pathway in with the patio whilst also providing functional access to the new shed.

Although the planting had become overgrown and weedy, the garden retains some nice plants and mature shrubs so the planting design involves retention of what is best and then effectively adding in a new groundcover layer. Two main planting types are used in the design: sun-loving plants and woodland/shade plants and a herb garden space is also provided for.

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The garden design plan

The design for this garden is a lesson in achieving a lot whilst trying to minimise the amount of work undertaken: the design plan is simple but the changes will make a big difference to the garden.  This approach helps the client’s pocket but also seems to make sense where surely it is better to overhaul what you have than starting all over again.  Construction post to follow soon – I’m off to lay out plants today!  🙂

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