A compact space is transformed.
The clients of this garden are a young couple in Crouch End, with a keen eye for gardening and growing vegetables. The aim with the overall design was to make better practical use of the space whilst incorporating a good balance of planting for both low maintenance ornamental plants and culinary varieties.
The existing garden was underused with no space to sit outside the kitchen, and a very slippery, softwood, grooved deck leading up to the back. A lack of screening from the rear neighbours was also an issue.
We chose to use the same reclaimed slate paving from the kitchen to extend the patio out further into the garden, and created a retaining wall with wrap around hardwood, timber seat that also acts as a step up to the next level. The middle section provides a deep, attractive planting bed, instead of a flat lawn, filled with seasonal flowering herbaceous plants, grasses and ferns.
Off set stepping-stones transport you through the planting to a second patio area in the same reclaimed slate, where the clients have a large dining table and BBQ. A raised retaining bed for a combination of ornamentals and some vegetable growing, doubles as a perch, and allows for horizontal tiered pear trees to be planted, providing a soft screen from the neighbour's house.
Cor-ten has been used on the lower and upper retaining walls to link the two areas, in addition to the slate paving. The bricks walls have been painted a light grey to tie in with the house framework and kitchen colours, and the fencing is dark grey to recede and off set the climbers and planting. The scheme overall has transformed a small, neglected, garden in Crouch End into a green oasis with plenty of room for entertaining.