Rest & Relaxation

Once a spacious playground for the children, the function of this large family garden in North London has changed.  Now that the children are grown, the adults needed to reclaim the garden for quiet relaxation and create a welcoming space to entertain.

This sunny open space was mainly laid to lawn with a few mature trees, but otherwise lacked any planting.  The property was overlooked to some extent, consistent with typical urban residential areas, and as a result the clients felt reluctant to spend time in the rear portion of the garden.

The new garden has been designed to provide functional spaces, and to lead the visitor away from the house to enjoy the garden as a whole.

The main living area at the rear of the house leads out via bi-fold doors onto a generous dining patio space surrounded by borders filled with aromatic planting.  A gravel path leads around an Amelanchier lamarcki providing a focus throughout the year; from it’s profusion of spring blossom, to brightly coloured autumn foliage & winter berries.  The path leads to a pergola at the end of the garden, providing a secluded, relaxation area. The bespoke panels increase the sense of enclosure and sanctuary while allowing light to filter through.

The planting has been selected to be relatively low maintenance, a garden to relax rather than work in, and to provide interest throughout the year so that it can be enjoyed from the house in the colder months.

With thanks to Robert James Landscapes

The virtually blank canvas existing garden

The virtually blank canvas existing garden

Clearly defined spaces lead the visitor from the house...

Clearly defined spaces lead the visitor from the house...

...to the secluded retreat at the end of the garden

...to the secluded retreat at the end of the garden

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