This sunny garden in SW17 was finished just a few weeks ago but is already looking quite established. Partly due to all the rain we’ve been having but mostly due to Ann, the client, who had collected many plants for the garden including Cercis ‘Forest Pansy’, a tree fern, a lemon tree and many herbaceous perennials. When the clients moved into the house last year there was an old lawn, a small paved patio and a large timber store, plus a few climbing plants and shrubs. There are also two mature lime trees in a raised bed at the back which were in need of some attention. 

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The garden was built by the Garden Builders who have been building my gardens for many years and who are great to work with. As with many small London gardens there was no side access to the back and everything had to go through the house, but the landscape team took great care to protect the inside of the property during the build. The clients found them polite, courteous and hardworking and I think they now miss them slightly! We used a mix of riven sandstone paving slabs and brick pavers from Chelmer Valley for a cottage garden feel. I kept the pattern simple so stone cutting was kept to a minimum. The bespoke planters are from Garden Larch and will weather down to a soft grey in time.

Here a perspective sketch and plan show the final design

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Now there is a generous dining space wrapped around with large planters, a winding path leading through the garden and a bench to catch the best of the sun. A new garden store lives in a utility area with the compost bin all screened by trellis panels. It would have been difficult to have a sitting area under the lime trees at the back as they drop sticky sap through the summer so the attention is brought back into the middle of the garden with the bench and a bird bath (still to be installed)

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I’m looking forward to watching this garden develop and mature in the very enthusiastic and dedicated hands of its new owners Ann and Willy.