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We have moved to an end of terrace house with a big walled garden in london, it's 8.5m wide and 14m long with a garage at the end, adjacent to the street. It is a blank canvas without a single plant. Poor top soil, clay sub soil. Good exposure from the south and west, bathed in sunlight from mid morning to evening. We have a two year old and another baby on the way, so we want a family space, with lawn, low maintenance, natural looking planting and a herb garden. We are having a rear extension built with 5m wide sliding glass doors opening onto the garden. We would like a patio, possibly two, and we might include a little play house/shed for the kids. We would like to plant a tree, possibly an apple or cherry, something that blossoms and gives shade and character to the garden. We are on quite a tight budget, having spent money on the house so can't afford major landscaping. A good sized lawn for energetic toddlers is a must. On the SW street side there is a 6ft brick wall which we would like to raise with tight trellising to give more privacy hopefully covered with climbers. We would appreciate any suggestions on to how to structure the space and also what to plant where, given the conditions we have described. Plants we like: plumbego, sweet peas, clematis, passion flower, bougainvilla, hydrangea among others

Kate & Dannys garden - looking for inspiration

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  • Posted: Sun. 15th March 2009 22:00

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Reply from Jason Lock

Hi the best garden design advice I can offer you with the information I have would be to consider laying any new paving at 45 degrees to the house to avoid creating a linear view of the garden. I would also consider introducing a circular lawn, it will help to add width and reduce the depth of the garden. It would will also add movement to the garden and give a sense of greater space whilst providing relief from the straight lines of the boundary walls.

A path could take you from the main terrace to one at the end of the garden which you could use for midday sun and lunchtimes during the holidays and weekends, whilst the main terrace by the house would be conveniently catching the later afternoon and evening sun.

Go for a fruit tree may be a Victoria plum but another great tree is Amelanchier lamarkii (Snowy Mespilus) it will get 6m+ and a similar spread in time but gives agreat spring/early summer flower and then provides light shade, the young foliage opens a russet coulour turning a green with the most fantastic autumn colour.

With regard to the soil clay is an issue but also it does afford good growing conditions, prepare the soil well introducing pentu of organic matter which will start to help improve the soil.

Ideally you will need to employ a designer as the scheme is too large to give advice over the forum to the detail you require.

Garden Designers can be found in any local directory but a good starting point would be the Society of Garden Designers at www.sgd.org.uk.

Also look at the reply under 'Front Garden' i the forum as this will help and give you more information. Also contact the Association of Professional Landscapers on www.landscaper.org.uk they will help you find a landscaper in your area who could advise on costs within the budget you have.

Jason Lock MSGD

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 12:46


Reply from Kate

Thank you very much for this guidance we would not have thought of circular lawn and angled paving. Kate

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 13:11