Bernadette called in Katrina as she was looking for an east London garden designer to help realise her garden. She has spoken to a few other companies but they had not delivered anything creative to fire her imagination

The front of the garden belongs to the owner

The front of the garden belongs to the owner

The Garden Designer’s brief

This client has lived in the property for a number of years. Following extensive kitchen renovations and building an extension she has now turned her attentions to the garden. The plot is divided into two and is shared with the upstairs flat. The client owns the first portion of the garden but wishes to view the garden beyond. The extended decking should remain and she would like a low maintenance solution.

A cottage garden theme with raised beds

The Theme

The design follows a cottage courtyard theme. The existing decking will remain but will lead to a large paved circle.

Raised beds and low maintained - bang on brief

Raised beds and low maintained – bang on brief

Patio

The cycle will be Indian sandstone mint fossil and span 3.6m. Planted centrally will be an Acer to create a focal point. Stepping stones will be embedded into gravel both next to the decking and next to the rear of the gardening and adjoining next to the pathway.

Indian Sandstone circle with Acer as focal point

Indian Sandstone circle with Acer as focal point

Raised Beds

In each corner of the lower space 1400mm square railway sleeper beds will be raised 600mm from the ground. To the left of the space, a corteen steel screen will provide a translucent divide between this plot dividing the upstairs rear garden. Opposite this on the right hand side, an arbour seat will be positioned and a highly scented rose will be trained to grow over it.

Raised beds provide easy access

Raised beds provide easy access

Fresh boundaries

A new fence will be installed on the right hand side and painted in Wild Eucalyptus a classic grey green shade.

Fences will be painted a soft green

Fences will be painted a soft green

Planting

Planting in the garden will be soft and blousy following a cottage theme.Evergreens will form the backbone and form winter interest while seasonal perennials will give blooms and scent in the summer. Creeping ground cover plants will also weave their way across the gravel in-between the paving slabs to soften the hard landscaping.

Inspirations come from Kandinsky, Mackintosh and Art Deco

Inspirations come from Kandinsky, Mackintosh and Art Deco

Soft colours, blooms and and arbour give a cottage appeal.

Soft colours, blooms and and arbour give a cottage appeal.

Scale plan produced by the East London garden Designer

Scale plan produced by the East London garden Designer

CAD visuals help the client see the garden

CAD visuals help the client see the garden

Cottage planting softens the garden

Cottage planting softens the garden

If you are looking for an East London garden designer and think Earth Designs might be the company for you please contact us for a garden design consultation.

To see how the project progressed please visit Facebook and view the album ‘Courtyard Garden in Walthamstow’ or our Pinterest board ‘Cottage courtyard garden in Walthamstow’