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This garden design in West London, needed some love and attention. The client has recently bought a basement flat and compared to the property the garden is very large. There is of little interest to offer and currently and the gardens is covered with twigs and leaves. The client had a dog and this needs to be considered in the final design. A patio will be created using white slab travertine paving which will be laid in a row parallel to the house at about four metres deep.

A bespoke raised day bed will be made and will allow for lounging and storage and a table will be made from wood panels or tiles for relaxing and eating. It will also house underneath storage for cushions or tableware. Three planters to the left will add a block of colour and rhythm. The Moroccan tile rug placed within the travertine patio will give an exotic feel and add texture. A large timber frame spanning the width of the table would be somewhere to hang a Moroccan lantern. A large area of artificial lawn is placed across the garden and will ensure the space remains low maintenance as the clients spend quite a lot of time out of the country.

A slightly raised bed towards the back of the garden houses a big leafy Dicksonia Antarctica tree and underneath will be a selection of long flowering herbaceous perennials. A Moroccan water fountain would take centre stage at the back of the garden. The existing tree to the bottom left of the garden is due to remain and will sit next to a lounging area, again in travertine paving and will provide a second seating area for the client and the opportunity to hang a swing or a ball chair from the existing tree.

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