This client contacted us for Hertford garden design advice for the front garden of their town house. The young family require a fairly low maintenance garden with some lawn and space for the adults to relax. The existing garden is tired and offers little of interest or excitement.
It has a large side return, in which we propose creating patio and a fixed bench seat, with a shade sail canopy to offer respite from the afternoon sun. The patio would extend out into and across the width of the garden proper, to allow easy access from the large patio doors at the back of the house. An Indian sandstone pathway would zig-zag down the garden dividing the space into three distinct areas. Archways would enclose this pathway at intervals to create height and a sense of journey through the space.
The first of the three areas area is laid to lawn, with a backdrop of six box balls in planting beds adding structure and architectural interest. In the centre of the bed containing the box balls would be a water feature. The second section will also feature lawn. Somewhat larger than the first this area could accomodate children’s play equipment and a shed to store garden equipment and children’s toys should the need arise. The pathway ends in a second paved seating area, again benefitting from a shade sail to offer comfort and privacy. Two deep daybed in this section will create a more relaxed space in which to enjoy the garden.
Planting in the space will be architectural, minimal, and low maintenance. This should provide the client the year round interest with very little effort on their part.
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