The clients had a very clear brief; a child-focused, very minimal maintenance garden with a shed for storage.
The site was north-facing but had a surprising amount of sun due to the positioning of neighbouring homes, allowing for more sun-tolerant planting.
The tiny paved area already in place was increased approximately four-fold to allow for a flat area in the shade perfect for children’s ride-ons. It was broken up with contrasting cobbles to provide some interest, which were continued around the circular lawn and small pathway leading to the trampoline- perfect for little feet to run around on.
A child’s play area was created on a bed of bark chippings for safety around the outdoor toys, together with some robust planting to break up the area which would not suffer greatly from being stepped on. Once it is no longer required for young children, this space can be planted up or used alternatively, thus future-proofing the garden.
The top of the garden, particularly the right corner, was a particular sun-trap so a low decking area provides a perfect outdoor eating space. A pergola above gave height and proportion and has been planted with various climbers. These will provide vertical interest and some screening from neighbouring properties.
Two planted borders, each with minimal maintenance plants, each chosen to provide all year colour and structure. These were complimented by several wooden planters with similar contents.
A garden which will work for the whole family for years to come…