These clients were looking for a Woodford landscaper to transform the garden from dab to fab. They called Earth Designs to see if they could deliver a creative, low maintenance, low-budget solution to their plot. We sent Katrina, our head of garden design round to see if she could deliver.

We asked a Woodford Landscaper to turn our back garden from drab to fab.

We asked a Woodford Landscaper to turn our back garden from drab to fab.

The brief

This client has lived in the home for a number of years. Thye needed the fresh pair of eyes from a Woodford landscaper. The garden is wide and shallow and contains very little of interest. Now that the client’s children have grown up, they are keen to re-model the space into something more exciting and aesthetically pleasing. Low maintenance is a key consideration so they are happy to dispense with lawn entirely.

A sketch of ideas for the wide garden

A sketch of ideas for the wide garden

Catching the sun

In the new design, the main entertaining area will be positioned in the right hand side of the space to make the most of the sun during the day. The right hand boundary wall will feature a panel of yellow Perspex, in front of which will be a decorative Corten steel screen installed within the planting bed. This serve both to break up the pattern of the bricks and add a block of colour during the winter months.

Making the most of the Sun in the garden

Making the most of the Sun in the garden

Surfacing the space

Flooring in this area will be laid with Porcelain tiles installed on a 45° angle to the house, to fill the right hand corner of the space. This patio will be large enough to accommodate outdoor sofas arranged around a Corten steel fire pit table to create a soft and cosy space.

Easily installed and super durable, porcelain tiles are used throughout the patios

Easily installed and super durable, porcelain tiles are used throughout the patios

Decking path twists it up a notch

A hardwood decking walkway, flanked by two yellow fibreglass planters, will lead from the main patio across the garden to the utility room door and a smaller porcelain tile patio directly outside the conservatory doors. This area will accommodate a bistro table and chairs to catch the early morning sun. A small section of paving to the right of the walkway will accommodate the barbecue.

A decking pathway pushes the lines along the furthest plain

A decking pathway pushes the lines along the furthest plain

Tropical twist

Tropical low maintenance planting will fill the space with touches of yellow to provide year-round interest and colour.

A good Boundry back drop sets the planting of beautifully

A good Boundry back drop sets the planting of beautifully

If you live in London or the south-east and are looking to transform your garden space, do please give Earth Designs a call. To follow the progress of this garden, please see the Facebook album “Tropical Garden in Woodford“. To see more images of the presentation please visit to the Pinterest board.

Influences here come from cheese plant leaves, Diego Rivera and Philip Tracy

If you’re not is here come from tropical cheese plant leaves, Diego Rivera and Philip Tracy

Strong bold lines dominate with a tropical twist

Strong bold lines dominate with a tropical twist

This Woodford Landscape at twisted everything on a 45° angle to stretch the space

This Woodford Landscape at twisted everything on a 45° angle to stretch the space

Computer-generated garden visuals help the client to see the garden

Computer-generated garden visuals help the client to see the garden

Planting is low maintenance and architectural

Planting is low maintenance and architectural