CONTEMPORARY GARDEN DESIGN LONDON
A recently Completed contemporary garden design in West London
In January we were asked to re-design the back garden of a victorian townhouse in Ealing, SW London. The access to the garden is through the basement kitchen and the patio doors lead to a small standing area and a small set of steps led to the raised garden space. The garden previously had a shed, small patch of artificial lawn and a number of old shrubs. There was nothing particularly offensive about the old garden it just seemed cut off from the rest of the house and had so much more potential. Existing assets to be retained were two mature trees that had fortunately been well pruned and thinned over the years. One was the majestic Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’ and a Flowering Japanese cherry tree – both trees have attractive bark.
The design involved making the feel like a calming garden space but using the area more as a large courtyard with contemporary features rather than a small garden that lacked purpose. A boundary fence was designed to replace the brittle old fence that was pushed over by a mass of old ivy. By varying the timber sizes and using a warm light neutral colour the whole garden immediately feels more secluded yet not closed in.
To allow for lots of entertaining whilst enabling a really comfortable sun lounging and reading position, the bench was designed with a sturdy back on one side and an open bench on the other. This also allows the eye to meet the planting when the garden is viewed from the lower level and the kitchen which again makes the space feel bigger.
The planting was designed to be soft and abundant and although only recently planted the garden has provided lots of soft coloured flowers and interesting foliage. The planting includes a range of low maintenance shrubs, shade and drought tolerant perennials and spring bulbs including Alliums and Tulips.