Front Garden, Bishopston

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The Brief

The challenge here was to provide a welcoming approach to the house whilst finding room to hide two wheelie bins and several recycling boxes from view. The client also wanted to replace the unkempt sloping lawn and replace it with a new design of paving and gravel. The level change from the house to the front gate was over a metre within a small area so leveling had to be carefully considered.

My design

A low maintenance, visually interesting design has helped to transform this urban front garden into a welcoming entrance to the house. The bin storage area was excavated just in side the entrance gate. New sleeper walls were built to create a leveled area within the front garden. A seat was also incorporated to enjoy the evening sun. The stepping-stones set within the pebbles provide visual interest and lead the way to the new seat. I am told that the children who hop along it also enjoy this element of the design. Planting is a mixture of predominantly evergreen shrubs and perennials for year-round interest. A specimen Acer and beautiful bowl planter filled with creeping thyme act as focal points within the garden.

To view more pictures of this garden, including ‘before’ and ‘during’ the construction phase please visit my facebook page.