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As my client's children are growing up, life has entered a new chapter requiring a fresh look at the use of the garden.  My client’s brief was to create different socialising spaces, mood lighting and an exciting planting scheme, incorporating the existing hot tub and a smaller lawn area.




Firstly the existing dimensions of the patio were changed, to allow for a greater dining terrace framed by a Grillo kitchen. The hot tub deck was also extended using cedar to allow for a more sociable area. An off centre path leads through the lawn to another casual seating area at the back of the garden with a Corten steel fire pit. Enclosing this space is a multi-stem Silver Birch which contrasts beautifully with a Corten steel panel wall.  The garden is planted with a palette of blues, mauves, whites and pinks for continuous colour and scent through the year. 


Before and After

Before photo of the garden in Herne Hill

The garden before

The side return before

The start of the demolition

The hard landscaping nearly complete

The hard landscaping is underway

The deck has been replaced around the hot-tub

The side return hard landscaping complete - plants yet to be installed

The lawn having just gone in

The hard landscaping is finished and the lawn has just been laid

The garden in the glorious morning sunshine with plants yet to be installed

The hard landscaping complete in the main garden

The garden at night - mid planting

The hot-tub at night with the new lighting installed

The garden with lighting in soon after the hard landscaping finished

Corten steel firepit in full view of the kitchen island

The water urn providing a beautiful trickling noise to mask the noise of the street

The hot-tub with views out to the garden

The view from the firepit area back at the house

Firepit area

Planting in and waiting for the winter for the trees to go in

A year on and the plants are becoming more established

Lawn has settled in

Firepit area becoming more enclosed

Cedar deck silvering down

Clay paver patio being well used

New screening to create privacy for the swimming pool