Socialise in a stylish outdoor setting

The challenge

Before the transformationThe owner of this semi-detached property in Narborough, Leicester wanted us to devise a design that would make the most of her L-shaped garden.

It currently presented rather an awkward shape that proved difficult to maintain and enjoy. Expert help was needed to produce a transformative landscape design.

The old garden had become overgrown and neglected and there were not enough accessible pathways. A number of old concrete steps led away from the house down into the garden. Our client wanted us to sweep away the old and bring in the new with an easy to navigate, modern looking space, where she could socialise with friends.

The concept

Contemporary designTaking all the strong right angles into consideration, we needed to produce a landscape garden design that would still manage to flow around the house.

First, we decided to build a decked platform that ran from the patio doors into the main square of the garden. Replacing the old concrete and paving, new decked steps provided gentle stages down to a stylish seating area.

This new seating space became the centrepiece of the design. Using sandstone paving, we formed a square patio in the midpoint of the garden, on which was placed a long table with benches on either side.

Trellis screening was fitted around the fencing to the sides of the contemporary square patio to give a stylish surround to the new seating area. In front of the trelliswork, low-level sleeper beds were placed between raised rendered concrete planters in each corner.

A timber bench was fitted in between the concrete planters to provide additional informal seating. In order to create further height, olive trees were positioned into the raised planters while a mixture of lavender bushes were used to fill the sleeper beds.

Gravel paths surrounded the central patio and flowed out to extend into the whole garden. Using the same sandstone paving, we set a pathway into the gravel on the lower level leading from the patio down to the garage door.

Along this sandstone pathway, we positioned more low-level sleeper beds on either side. Again, we used lavender in these beds to add colour and maintain a consistent planting scheme running throughout the entire garden.

The conclusion

Contemporary garden transformationOur client was thrilled with the highly individual and contemporary design of her newly landscaped garden. She was also pleased that we had incorporated a low-maintenance planting scheme into the plan, so there were plenty of colourful plants on show.

Raised sleeper beds are an ideal choice if you want to have space to grow plants, but don’t have the time to maintain large borders. Gravel is also a good option if you’re looking for low-maintenance ground cover.

This was a perfect garden design for someone who wished to make the most of their outdoor space, but who didn’t want to spend hours doing the gardening. This design is all about socialising in a stylish setting.

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