Sue Gilbert - Gardens by Design

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A Cottage Front Garden

A pretty old cottage needing new landscaping to do it justice, especially as it was the clients only garden space. An array of levels and limited storage space for the actual works made this a challenging but rewarding transformation. Smaller gardens needing to offer maximum use of space are always trickier to get right, but when you do, it will make the space feel so much larger.

Survey day, there was a lot of poor condition crazy paving to go! The boundary walls were also not in great shape and in order to allow clients some privacy were removed.Survey day, there was a lot of poor condition crazy paving to go! The boundary walls were also not in great shape and in order to allow clients some privacy were removed.

The levels needed rationalising. Where ever possible planting was saved and re used.The levels needed rationalising. Where ever possible planting was saved and re used.

Work under way, new slatted trellis going in which balances privacy with some visibility and light.Work under way, new slatted trellis going in which balances privacy with some visibility and light.

The garden now had improved and simpler levels; Bradstone external porcelain mixed with timber is a soft palette against the stone of the house.The garden now had improved and simpler levels; Bradstone external porcelain mixed with timber is a soft palette against the stone of the house.

Planting as always softens the effect and will continue to fill in over time.Planting as always softens the effect and will continue to fill in over time.

The levels mean the garden can be easily navigated both across the space and that there is a far clearer path to the front door. The levels mean the garden can be easily navigated both across the space and that there is a far clearer path to the front door.

A drone shot of the garden shows how much bigger the space feels now. A drone shot of the garden shows how much bigger the space feels now.

As always, lighting adds that extra layer of interest and drama to the garden. As always, lighting adds that extra layer of interest and drama to the garden.

The 4 formal up lit trees will grow to balance with the front door and make this the focal point of the scheme. The 4 formal up lit trees will grow to balance with the front door and make this the focal point of the scheme.