This is a classic London front garden space, quite narrow and in shade for most of the day. The clients were tired of just looking out at dull paving and concrete. Doug and I knew that reinstating a living garden to the space would be transformative and would really enhance the façade of the property.
We created a large bed running the length of the bay window and surrounded it with a gravel border. The bed is actually on two levels, in that the inner area sits within a raised bed. The edges of this inner bed are disguised by the small evergreen euonymus hedge that runs around its perimeter.
The bed (above) has three half standard Ligustrum topiary trees for structure and impact. They are under planted with evergreen ferns, Heucheras and the shade tolerant grass, hakonechloa Macra. As shown in the above image, the garden is subtly lit at night for added impact.
As with all our projects, we try and introduce different materials and textures into the hard landscaping. For this project, we created a step up to the porch area and used a lovely polished limestone paving to add a touch of luxury and also to lighten the path and porch area.
The contemporary iron railings and gate help to define the space beautifully and also help add another architectural element to the design. There are also borders each side of the path that are planted with lots of evergreen interest and colour.