Garden Club London have recently completed this small garden design in SW London. Our client wanted to transform the previously blank garden area into an intimate and attractive socialising space that would also create a stunning backdrop to the kitchen when viewed through the bi-fold doors at the rear of the property. The small garden that was originally laid to lawn was cleared and prepared for the installation of decking using reclaimed timbers. A contemporary cedar baton fence has been designed to cover all 3 boundaries to create a constant back drop that makes the space feel bigger and provides a great back drop for the strong architectural leaves of the tree ferns (Dicksonia antartica). A corner seating area was created that allows informal dining with the use of a low reclaimed table. The table can be moved at night to make space for guests to huddle around and enjoy a freestanding fire pit set on stone within the deck.
SMALL GARDEN DESIGN FEATURES
Chunky reclaimed timber was also used to construct the seating area. The benches have a sloping back so that you can relax, read a book and spend a lot of time on the bench whilst remaining comfortable. This is also aided by the use of quality outdoor cushions that are made to measure. The design includes a secure bike storage unit that has been clad in cedar to give the appearance of merging into the fence. The deck is divided into 2 areas – one is an introductory area that acts as a wide path to the rear of the garden whilst also keeping an area of the garden open and creating a view through the foliage and tree fern stumps. The second deck area steps up in to the seating area and allows space for additional furniture and guests should it be required. A simple lighting design was also included to make the most of the dramatic planting in the evenings whilst retaining privacy for the clients.
SMALL GARDEN DESIGN PLANTING
The garden has a good light level but it does not have full sun all day so the planting is a mixture of scented evergreen climbers on the sunny boundaries including Trachelospermum (Star Jasmine), structural shrubs such as Bamboo and large Buxus balls underplanted with soft woodland plants and grasses including Hakonechloa macra.