A Contemporary Family Garden Garden Design Southgate London

The client has lived with her husband and 2 children at the property for a number of years. She works from home and has a garden office at the end of the garden. The garden is split into two levels – the area directly adjoining the house is on one level and the remainder of the garden on another (raised) level. The client recently had an extension built to accommodate a kitchen and this has compromised the usefulness of the small lower section of the space, as there is now not a lot of room for seating. The majority of the garden is laid to lawn and is generally well kept and the client is not particularly keen to change the rest of the space. She does however wish to create a sociable area to accommodate a fair number of visitors. She prefers soft curves to angles and would like something modern and fresh.

The main focal point of the garden two semi-circular rendered block raised beds, finished at both ends with built-in circular planters and painted a colour of the client’s choice. The floor surfacing within the arc of each bed will be a 3 metre black limestone paving circle. The left hand raised bed will face directly across the garden, while the right hand raised bed, which will also benefit from an integrated curved bench seat, will be angled so that it faces the corner of the kitchen extension.

Curved terraced steps, constructed from attractive Yellow Balau hardwood decking and designed to accommodate the change of level in the space, will join the two raised beds. Flooring in the lower section adjoining the house will be in black limestone paving in a random lay pattern. A feature of the lower section of the garden will be a kidney-shaped daybed, also constructed from durable Yellow Balau decking. Three tall tapered fibreglass planters lined along the side wall, over which three printed weatherproof canvas will be displayed, will add further interest and colour to the space.

A curved path, laid with black limestone paving, will arc up the garden, bisecting a large area of Yellow Balau decking to the right and an oval lawn to the left, to terminate in a third 3m diameter black limestone circle in front of the existing summer house in the top left corner of the space. Bespoke decorative screens, comprising large rusted mesh panels on timber posts, installed towards the end of the path will add height and screening to the end of the garden.


Latin Name

Common Name

Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ Japanese Maple
Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Garnet’ Japanese Maple
Aconitum nepellus Monkshood
Allium christophii Ornamental onion
Allium ‘Mount Everest’ Ornamental onion
Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ Japanese Anemone
Astrtantia major Materwort
Buxus sempervirens Box ball
Buxus sempervirens Box ball
Camellia japonica ‘Nobilissima’ Camellia
Cordyline australis Cabbage Tree
Clematis armandii Clematis
Clematis montana var.grandiflora Clematis
Clematis var. purpurascens ‘freckles’ Clematis
Dryopteris erythrosora Buckle Fern
Echinacea purpurea Coneflower
Festuca Glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ Blue Fescue
Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’ Avens
Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ Coral Bells
Heuchera ‘Chocolate Ruffles’ Coral Bells
Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris Hydrangea
Iris ‘Jane Phillips’ Iris
Lavandula angustifolia ‘hidcote’ Lavender
Papaver orientale’Beauty of Livermere’ Ornamental Poppy
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’ Fountain Grass
Pittosporum tobira ‘Nana’                   Japanese Mock Orange
Phormium tenax New Zealand Flax
Sedum spectabile ‘Brilliant’                                            Ice Plant
Stipa tenuissima Mexican Feather Grass
Verbena bonariensis Verbena