Large Town Gardens
Examples of Large Town Gardens
- Arts and Crafts Style Garden
- Formal Town Garden
- Plantsman's Garden
- Productive Family Garden
- Retirement Garden
- Traditional Family Garden
Arts and Crafts Style Garden
A garden which surrounds the house is often difficult to deal with. This garden had a difficult narrow area to the side of the house [featured in problem gardens] where the grass was poor and the borders narrow. Replacing the grass with brick paving and a period style green oak pergola with brick piers makes an attractive feature linking the front and back gardens. An unused sunken part of the plot was transformed into a kitchen garden with a seating area and safe steps for access.
This awkward narrow space at the side of the house is transformed with clay paving, planting and a bespoke pergola
An impression of width in this narrow area is given by the angled design of the path
The path under the pergola provides an attractive and practical route from the front to the back of the house
View through the pillars of the pergola to the garden beyond
The muted tones of the brick pillars of the pergola create a lovely backdrop for climbing roses
A difficult sunken area in the corner of the garden is now made accessible by safe curving paved steps
This sunken area receives a good amount of sun and has been converted to a productive kitchen garden with a sunny seating area
The tall retaining walls are softened by planting
Formal Town Garden
The garden of this newly renovated house was a complete blank canvas. Formal structure consisted of raised beds, brick paved paths, a wooden pergola and a raised pond to create different 'rooms' and encourage the whole garden to be used. Planting was designed to soften the hard landscaping and attract birds and wildlife into the garden where before there were none.
This long narrow garden was divided into a series of rooms with brick raised beds and clay paved paths
A painted pergola with lavender at its base provides a scented route to the wildlife pond
Slate paving detail breaks up the clay paved paths and enables a bench to be positioned midway through the garden
The formal design of the garden is softened by swathes of summer flowering perennials
The layout of this large garden with its sweeping curves is designed to be a showcase to a wide range of plants. Island beds create grass paths for different routes around the garden and various features catch the eye along the way. A wooden deck surrounding a vibrant pond is a lovely place to sit and enjoy the evening sun.
Wisteria and climbing roses cover a series of metal arches leading to the main patio
A sinuous lawn with curving island beds creating different routes around the garden
Feature urn provides a focal point amongst the planting
Wildlife friendly planting in and around the pond with hardwood deck seating area
A variety of flowering shrubs and perennials attract bees and other beneficial insects into the garden
Productive Family Garden
This is a garden designed to suit the needs of a growing family and a keen gardener with a love of cottage garden planting and raising productive plants. An Alitex greenhouse forms the central feature of a dedicated vegetable garden with raised beds and a brick path which connects the vegetable garden with the house. A large patio is broken up with herb beds and a rockery and raised pond makes a feature of a difficult change of levels.
This wide shallow L-shaped garden lent itself to an angular design both to distract from the relative closeness of the back boundary and to create a low maintenance scheme. Feature areas of gravel and spot planting with low maintenance shrub beds make the garden interesting but not a chore to look after. An undulating vertical sleeper wall is a feature in a large raised bed with spot planting in front and shrubs behind.
This difficult area at the side of the house was made attractive and low maintenance using vertical sleepers and spot planting
View of the undulating sleeper wall with low maintenance shrub planting behind
Low growing planting with a gravel mulch to suppress weeds
The garden is divided into manageable areas with a feature rock and surrounding planting as a focal point
Traditional Family Garden
This large garden, originally laid to lawn, was transformed into a space for the whole family. Soft curving brick paths with arches over lead to a large shaped lawn. A summerhouse provides a focal point at the end of the garden where the last of the sun can be enjoyed. A pergola over the patio with large beds in front create an intimate space to sit and enjoy the view of the garden and raised pond with planting around.