Front garden

This garden design in Hemel Hempstead will retain the bones of the existing garden layout. The existing raised bed will be rebuilt with a block rendered wall and painted in a warm butter milk colour. The flooring will be brought to level (the current path is lower than the paving to either side) and laid with attractive and durable Indian sandstone in a random lay pattern.

Planting in the space will concentrate mainly on strong architectural evergreens, to provide a contemporary and low maintenance landscaping solution. A feature will be made of two miniature weeping cherries set in ‘cut-outs’ in the paving, one outside each window.

A simple lighting scheme will provide both security and a warm welcome to visitors. Black eyelid lights will be mounted at intervals on the side of the raised bed retaining walls, while two Victorian-style wall mounted lanterns, one mounted either side off the porch, frame the entrance to the house. Low voltage lighting throughout the beds will provide a gentle glow to the space.

 

Back garden

The back garden will also retain the essence of the existing layout, but the new design aims to give it more form and strength by creating clearly defined areas.

New rendered block walls, matching those in the front garden, will extend and shape the raise beds, giving a frame to the re-turfed circular lawn in the middle. The two garden boundary walls will be extended vertically with rusty iron trellis to increase the sense of privacy and enclosure in the space.

Flooring will consist of several Indian sandstone circles, one outside to the office door and two in the top left corner, linked by a curved sandstone pathway arcing through the right side of the space. The circle adjacent the house will feature a visually stunning giant stainless steel ball water feature adding a contemporary, child-friendly, twist to the space and giving the view from the house an arresting extra dimension. 

The arced path will feature three bespoke steel mesh archways and leading one to the main seating area in the top left  corner. The larger of the two sandstone circles in this area will benefit from a large (3m diameter) bespoke circular steel mesh pergola, giving added privacy and screening and, with climbers trained across its arches, providing shade on hot summer days.

A screen/shelving unit constructed from sturdy new railway sleepers will bisect the front and back gardens, allowing views between the two spaces and providing ample opportunity for the client to display garden ornamentation and ephemera while clearly demarking the boundary between the two areas.

The existing planting will be conditioned or removed as necessary. A  small magnolia tree planted snug in the top left corner, behind the pergola, will give the space a burst of spring colour. Long flowering herbaceous perennials in bold shapes and colours will bring new life amongst the existing plants, with playful climbers included to adorn the arches, pergola and mesh trellis running around the boundary wall. A living willow igloo in the raised bed to the right will provide a fun and eco-friendly hideout for younger users of the space.

Lighting in the space will comprise low voltage spotlight lights among the beds, giving the garden a gentle wash while highlighting individual specimen plants. Exterior fairy lights covering the pergola and each of the arches will give create individual oasis of light on the journey through the space. The pergola/top paved circle will also benefit from four tall stainless steel spiked spotlights placed at intervals around the edge, providing ample lighting for dining or entertaining. Finally, two stainless steel spike light will illuminate the water feature, throwing a gently undulating light across the space.

Courtyard garden

This area will feature an L-shaped railway sleeper bench seat and table, backed by a railway sleeper raised bed to make maximum use of the limited space. The raised bed will be planted with evergreen scented jasmine climber which will, over time, slowly adorn the side of the house. Extra privacy in this area will be given by the addition of a high rendered block wall jutting out across the alleyway. Paving (in the small courtyard only – NOT the sideway) will be in Indian sandstone laid in a random lay pattern.

The main focal point to this space will be a water feature comprising a railway-sleeper pool lined with a stainless steel tank, backed by a rendered block wall at the top of which a stainless steel water blade gives a constant cascade of water into the pool below. This pool can be filled with decorative pebbles if safety is a concern.

Lighting will be provided by three stainless steel up/down lighters mounted on the house wall behind the seating area and a submersible pond light in the water feature pool.

 

Specifications

BACK GARDEN:

Clearance and preparation
Remove existing low retaining walls and foundations (raised beds)
Remove exising paving and concrete
Remove existing lawn
Remove exising trellis screen
Remove exising pergola
Remove existing foliage/planting where necessary
Remove topsoil to bring top left corner (under pergola) to level
Waste disposal (skip hire)
Labour
Paving
Install paved circles and pathways, as per design. To comprise:
Excavate area to be paved to depth of approx. 150mm
Lay approx. 32 sq. metres compacted MOT type 1 hardcore base at 100mm thick
Install sandstone paving* in random lay pattern to cover approx. 17 sq. metres (pathways)
Install 2 x 2.85m dia. sandstone circles* as per design (approx. 6.4 sq metres per circle)
Install 1 x 2m dia. sandstone circle* as per design (approx. 3.2 sq metres)
All materials for above
Disposal of excavated waste (assumes some excavated soil will be used to top up raised beds where necessary)
Labour
* Client to choose colour
NOTES: Paving to be laid on full mortar bed (min. 25mm thick). Mortar joints not more than 10mm. Joints in paved circles will
by necessity vary. Paving adjoining house to be laid with 1:80 run-off to appropriate drainage point
Raised beds
Construct low rendered block walls (400mm high) to retain and extend existing beds*. To comprise:
Excavate and lay concrete foundations 400mm (w) x 300mm (d)
Construct concrete block walls @ 1 block thick** (approx. 35 linear metre of wall in total)
Render walls
Paint walls***
Top-up and fill beds with excavated soil from paving and wall foundation excavations (some extra topsoil may be necessary)
All materials for above
Labour
*As per design – raised beds will enclose lawn, path and paved circles in top left corner of garden. Bed in top right corner will continue
along the back into the bed in the front garden.
**Includes plastic bleed pipe and gravel for drainage (to relieve hydrostatic pressure behind wall)
***Client to choose colour
Railway sleeper screen (bisects rear and front garden)
Construct railway sleeper screen (approx. 2.3m high) as per design/visual. To comprise:
.
New pressure treated railway sleepers
Concrete for upright posts
Timberlock screws to fix
Waste disposal (post foundations)
Labour
Pergola and arches
Supply and install bespoke steel mesh arches and pergola, as per design/visual. To comprise:
1 x 3m diametre steel mesh pergola
3 x 1.25m long steel mesh arches for path
Delivery and labour to install
Willow igloo
Installation of living willow igloo to top right corner of garden
1 x 3m diametre steel mesh pergola
3 x 1.25m long steel mesh arches for path
Delivery and labour to install
Iron mesh trellis
Install rusted iron mesh trellis to top of boundary walls. To comprise:
Rusted iron re-enforcing mesh
Fixings
Labour
Planting
Supply and install additional planting to beds. To comprise:
Plants (see supplied planting list)
Soil conditioner (farmyard manure)
Bark chips to mulch
Labour
Lawn
Dig and prepare soil for turfing
Lay approx 45 sq. metres Grade A lawn turf
Labour
Water feature
Supply and install stainless steel water feature. To comprise:
Spherical stainless steel water feature (1000mm diametre) including pump, sump and tubing
Coloured decorative aggregate to dress sump
All necessary electrical installation materials*
Electrical installation by qualified electrician**
Labour to manually install
* All electrical materials to be suitable for exterior use and rated to at least IP65 where appropriate
** A copy of the appropriate NICEIC Domestic Electrical Installation Certificate will be given to the client on
completion of the work – this certificate may be conbined with any lighting installation undertaken
Lighting
Supply and install lighting as per lighting scheme. To comprise:
40 x low voltage spotlights for all beds
6 x exterior fairy lights for arches (2 sets per arch)
4 x exterior fairy lights for pergola
2 x stainless steel spike to illuminate water feature
4 x stainless steel spike lights to illuminate pergola
All necessary connectors, bulbs and transformers for fittings
All electrical installation materials*, to include RCD, armoured cabling, weatherproof switches, etc
Electrical installation by qualified electrician**
Labour to manually install fittings
* All electrical materials to be suitable for exterior use and rated to at least IP65 where appropriate
** A copy of the appropriate NICEIC Domestic Electrical Installation Certificate will be given to the client on
completion of the work

COURTYARD GARDEN:

Clearance and preparation
Remove existing paving/flooring (area to be re-paved only)
Waste disposal (skip hire)
Labour
Paving
Install paving as per design. To comprise:
Excavate area to be paved to depth of approx. 150mm
Lay approx.12 sq. metres compacted MOT type 1 hardcore base at 100mm thick
Install sandstone paving* in random lay pattern to cover approx. 12 sq. metres
All materials for above
Labour
* Client to choose colour
NOTES: Paving to be laid on full mortar bed (min. 25mm thick). Mortar joints not more than 10mm.
Paving to be laid with 1:80 run-off to appropriate drainage point
Wall extension
Construct rendered block wall (1800mm high x 1000mm long). To comprise:
Excavate and lay concrete foundations 600mm (w) x 400mm (d)
Construct concrete block walls @ 200mm thick*
Render wall both sides
Paint wall*
All materials for above
Labour
*Client to choose colour
Raised bed and bench seat
Construct L-shaped railway sleeper raised bed and bench seat as per design. To comprise:
New railway sleepers
Timberlock screws and L-brackets to fix
Vapour barrier to line bed
Soil to fill bed
Labour
Water feature
Construct lined railway sleeper pool with stainless steel water blade as per design/visual. To comprise:
Construct rendered block wall 1000mm high x 1000mm wide behind water feature (to conceal waterblade pipe work)
Paint wall
Install water tight stainless steel reservior
New railway sleepers to clad reservior
Timberlock screws and L-brackets to fix
Stainless steel waterblade (600mm wide) fixed near top of rendered block wall
Pump and tubing
Electrical installation by qualified electrician*
Electrical installation materials**
Labour
* All electrical materials to be suitable for exterior use and rated to at least IP65 where appropriate
** A copy of the appropriate NICEIC Domestic Electrical Installation Certificate will be given to the client on
completion of the work
Lighting
Supply and install lighting as per lighting scheme. To comprise:
3 x stainless steel up/down lighters for wall behind l-shaped bench/bed
1 x pond light for water feature pool
All necessary connectors, bulbs and transformers for fittings
All electrical installation materials*, to include RCD, armoured cabling, weatherproof switch, etc
Electrical installation by qualified electrician**
Labour to manually install fittings
* All electrical materials to be suitable for exterior use and rated to at least IP65 where appropriate
** A copy of the appropriate NICEIC Domestic Electrical Installation Certificate will be given to the client on
completion of the work

 

FRONT GARDEN:

Clearance and preparation
Remove existing low retaining walls and foundations (raised beds)
Remove exising paving
Remove existing foliage/planting where necessary
Waste disposal (skip hire)
Labour
Paving
Install paving as per design. To comprise:
Excavate area to be paved to depth of approx. 150mm
Lay approx. 30 sq. metres compacted MOT type 1 hardcore base at 100mm thick
Install sandstone paving* in random lay pattern to cover approx. 30 sq. metres (pathways)
All materials for above
Disposal of excavated waste (assumes some excavated soil will be used to top up raised beds where necessary)
Labour
* Client to choose colour
NOTES: Paving to be laid on full mortar bed (min. 25mm thick). Mortar joints not more than 10mm.
Paving to be laid with 1:80 run-off to appropriate drainage point
Raised beds
Construct low rendered block walls (400mm high) to retain and extend existing beds. To comprise:
Excavate and lay concrete foundations 400mm (w) x 300mm (d)
Construct concrete block walls @ 1 block thick* (approx. 27 linear metre of wall in total – includes rear wall to right hand bed)
Render walls
Paint walls**
Top-up and fill beds with excavated soil from paving and wall foundation excavations
All materials for above
Labour
*Includes plastic bleed pipe and gravel for drainage (to relieve hydrostatic pressure behind wall)
**Client to choose colour
Planting
Supply and install additional planting to beds. To comprise:
Plants (see supplied planting list)
Soil conditioner (farmyard manure)
Bark chips to mulch
Labour
Lighting
Supply and install lighting as per lighting scheme. To comprise:
24 x low voltage spotlights for all beds
2 x victorian black painted lanterns for front of porch (1 for each pillar)
8 x black eyelid lights for front of raised beds (1 for each length of wall facing house (6 total), 1 for each return leading to main gate)
All necessary connectors, bulbs and transformers for fittings
All electrical installation materials*, to include RCD, armoured cabling, weatherproof switches, etc
Electrical installation by qualified electrician**
Labour to manually install fittings
* All electrical materials to be suitable for exterior use and rated to at least IP65 where appropriate
** A copy of the appropriate NICEIC Domestic Electrical Installation Certificate will be given to the client on
completion of the work

 

PLANTING LIST

Front
‘Buxus sempervirens’ Common Box Ball
‘Chamaerops humilis’ Dwarf Fan Palm
‘Choisya Goldfingers’ Mexican Orange Blossom
‘Cordyline australis’ Cabbage Tree
‘Cordyline australis Red Star’ Cabbage Tree
‘Cornus alba Sibirica’ Red-barked Dogwood
‘Corylus avellana Contorta’ Corkscrew Hazel
‘Hebe rakaiensis’ Shrubby Veronica
‘Hebe Red Edge’ Shrubby Veronica
‘Hydrangea quercifolia Snow Queen’ Oak-leaved Hydrangea
‘Mahonia x media Winter Sun’ Mahonia
‘Pachysandra terminalis’ Japanese Spurge
‘Phormium Apricot Queen’ New Zealand Flax
Phormium Maori Sunrise’ New Zealand Flax
‘Phormium Sundowner’ New Zealand Flax
‘Pieris Flaming Silver’ Lily-of-the-valley Shrub
‘Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura’ Cheal’s Weeping Cherry
‘Rosa Chartreuse De Parme’ Rose
‘Rosa Ferdinand Pichard’ Rose
‘Trachycarpus fortunei’ Chusan Palm
‘Wisteria sinensis’ Standard Chinese Wisteria
Courtyard
‘Trachelospermum asiaticum’ Trachelospermum
Back
‘Achillea filipendulina Cloth of Gold’ Yarrow
‘Agapanthus africanus’ African Lily
‘Allium giganteum’ Allium
‘Anemone hupehensis Splendens’ Japanese Anemone
‘Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata Blue Barlow’ Granny’s Bonnet
‘Buddleja davidii Black Knight’ Butterfly Bush
‘Buxus sempervirens’ Common Box Ball
‘Ceanothus thyrsiflorus Skylark’ Californian Lilac
‘Ceratostigma willmottianum Desert Skies’ Golden Hardy Plumbago
‘Clematis Abundance’ Clematis
‘Clematis Albiflora’ Alpine Clematis
‘Clematis armandii’ Clematis
‘Clematis Bill MacKenzie’ Orange Peel Clematis
‘Clematis Empress’ Clematis
‘Clematis Freda’ Clematis
‘Clematis Princess Diana’ Clematis
‘Clematis Proteus’ Clematis
‘Clematis Rosy Pagoda’ Alpine Clematis
‘Clematis Venosa Violacea’ Clematis
‘Cotinus Grace’ Smoke Bush
‘Cotoneaster frigidus Cornubia’ Cotoneaster
‘Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora Jackanapes’ Montbretia
‘Digitalis purpurea Excelsior Group’ Foxglove
‘Echinacea purpurea Kim’s Knee High’ Coneflower
‘Eremurus stenophyllus’ Foxtail Lily
‘Euonymus fortunei Emerald ‘n’ Gold’ Evergreen Bittersweet
‘Euphorbia characias subsp. wulfenii’ Spurge
‘Geranium pratense Midnight Reiter’ Meadow Geranium
‘Helenium Indian Summer’ Sneezeweed
‘Heuchera Caramel’ Coral Flower
‘Heuchera micrantha var. diversifolia Palace Purple’ Coral Flower
‘Heuchera Plum Pudding’ Coral Flower
‘Hydrangea arborescens Annabelle’ Sevenbark
‘Iris Gold of Autumn’ Bearded Iris
‘Jasminum nudiflorum’ Winter Jasmine
‘Jasminum polyanthum’ chinese Jasmin (Pyramid)
‘Jasminum x stephanense’ Jasmine
‘Kniphofia Tawny King’ Red Hot Poker
‘Lavandula Fathead’ French Lavender
‘Lonicera x tellmanniana’ Honeysuckle
‘Magnolia stellata’ Star Magnolia
‘Magnolia x soulangeana’ Magnolia
‘Monarda Squaw’ Bergamot
‘Papaver orientale Harvest Moon’ Oriental Poppy
‘Sedum spectabile Brilliant’ Ice Plant
‘Sollya heterophylla’ Bluebell Creeper
‘Trachelospermum asiaticum’ Trachelospermum
‘Trachelospermum jasminoides’ Star Jasmine
‘Verbena bonariensis’ Verbena