Our client was looking for a Rayleigh Garden Designer to restyle her outdoor space for her to enjoy. She had lived in her new build house for several years and had done little to the garden aside from some decking which was now looking tired.

Rayleigh Garden Designer needed

The Brief

This client has lived in the property for a number of years. She bought the house as a new build and apart from the installation of some decking little has been done to the garden. Overall it has a sunny aspect, but there is a dead space towards the rear of the garden which does not get any sun at all. The client would like a space that offers more interest in which she can relax and entertain. She may choose to sell the property in a year or two, so the design needs to offer generic appeal to potential future inhabitants.

Garden sketch of ideas for Rayleigh garden design

The Layout

The layout of the new design has the features installed variously at parallel and 45° orientation to the house. A large patio laid with 600mm x 900mm porcelain slabs will adjoin the house to create areas suitable for dining and relaxing. This patio will be bisected with a decked walkway running diagonally up the garden from the gate to the garage door.

Twisting the space

Livening up the boundaries

The wall on the right hand side of the space will be rendered and painted dark grey to make the planting stand out. The rear boundary will be clad with black painted panels constructed from horizontal battening to create a stylish and contemporary backdrop to the space.

The boundaries are treated to an overhaul

Creating Rhythm

Three Cor-ten steel planters backed by a Cor-ten steel laser-cut screen will be installed along the left side of the decked walkway to create a stunning focal point to the garden. The centre of the garden will be turfed, with a small decked seating area in the bottom right corner which would be large enough to accommodate an arbour or swing seat.

Adding rhythm with a trio of planters

Greening up the space

Planting in the space will be a mixture of evergreen shrubs and long flowering perennials to provide texture and colour throughout the year.

Planting is a mixture of evergreens and perinneals

Do you need help with your garden?

. To see more images of this garden please look at the Pinterest board and to see it’s progress please check out the album on our Facebook page. If you are looking for a Rayleigh Garden Designer, or live anywhere in Essex or London please get in touch for your garden makeover


Influences include Penguin books, trimphones and Art Deco adverts Decking and paving detail creates drama in the spaceA scale plan tells the story of the spaceDifferent angles in the space



Plenty of shape and texture from the plants