Ruth needed a a Rayleigh Garden Design. She found Earth Designs by our Facebook page and got in touch. She was undergoing big renovations to the whole of the house, and she wanted to include the garden as part of that. She has two teenage children both of which are on the autism spectrum, and they are now requirements needed to be very much considered in the final design.

 

Rayleigh garden design

Rayleigh garden design

Rayleigh garden design brief

 

Concept sketch for Rayleigh Garden Design

Concept sketch for Rayleigh Garden Design

Curves and Swirls

The new design is based on swirls and curves. A large spiral of porous resin bound aggregate flooring will sweep round to the back left corner of the garden, where a corner summerhouse will be placed.

A curvey garden approach for this space

A curvey garden approach for this space

 

Wildlife water

Directly outside this summerhouse will be a circular pond with a small hardwood decking ‘jetty’. This will allow for pond dipping and wildlife watching. The existing tree in the left-hand corner will remain from which a swing seat will be suspended.

A wildlife friendly pond for pond dipping

A wildlife friendly pond for pond dipping

Planters paradise

The spiral path/patio will be edged with euonymus hedge to create a neat boundary. Planting in the beds behind the hedges will be wilder and less formal. Directly outside the back door, a table and chairs can be placed for more formal dining. Planting in the space will focus on wildlife friendly plants, with long flowering perennials, berries and fruits trees, and pond plants supporting a myriad of wildlife creatures.

Wildlife planting is kept in order with a hedge

Wildlife planting is kept in order with a hedge

 

Side of the house

Moving around to the side of the house, a specimen fruit tree will help create a canopy and give the area a feeling of privacy and separation. A bistro style table and chairs placed on the patio underneath will help unite this area. Railway sleeper raised beds will allow for growing fruit and veg.

making use of the large sideway for some ‘grow your own’

making use of the large sideway for some ‘grow your own’

Front garden

The existing shed will be moved to the back of the side way. A new gate will separate the back from the front garden. Curvaceous beds will soften the edges of the square plot along the side and front of the house. Porous resin bonded aggregate flooring will continue in sweeping curves along the side and front of the house to create a continuous finish and practical solution.

Front of the house with parking for two cars

Front of the house with parking for two cars

You can see more about this project and watch how the build progresses by following it on our Facebook album ‘Rayleigh Garden Design’ or on Pinterest ‘Art Nouveau Inspired garden in Rayleigh, Essex’. If you live in London or Essex and are looking for a garden design and build service please contact us.

Big Art Nouveau influences here with Mucha, Horta and spirals

Big Art Nouveau influences here with Mucha, Horta and spirals

 

This Rayleigh garden design has spirals, wildlife and swings at it core

This Rayleigh garden design has spirals, wildlife and swings at it core

 

A scale plan help the client see the layout of the space

A scale plan help the client see the layout of the space

 

Visuals of the garden explain the space

Visuals of the garden explain the space

 

Planting here is wildlife friendly with evergreens and herbaceous plants

Planting here is wildlife friendly with evergreens and herbaceous plants