This large garden in South west London had been neglected over many years by a previous owner and was looking tired and uninspiring. It was overlooked by neighbouring properties and offered nowhere to sit and relax outside. Our client was keen for the space to realise its potential.

Our intention was to create a calm space that had an understated elegance to reflect the aesthetic of this beautiful period house.

We created a terrace at the back of the garden, laid to clay brick pavers to tie in with the wonderful old brick wall that has now become a feature. The area is enclosed by planting which is subtly lit at night, creating a lovely spot to in which to relax in the evening. A new large white wisteria now climbs across the old brick wall here.

A path of sawn Yorkstone with clay brick detail leads from the house to this terrace area and breaks up into stepping stones as it cuts across the lawn. Lush planting lines the path as it progresses up the garden. The same buff-coloured, sawn Yorkstone edges the borders giving further structure to the garden.

The planting palette across the garden is limited to greens, limes, whites and dark blues, with clipped shrubs and softer flowering perennials creating a strong rhythm down the long garden borders. Subtle lighting brings the whole garden to life at night.

New trees including Magnolia grandiflora and Whitebeam, Sorbus lutescens and two beautiful white flowering cherries, Prunus avium Plena, provide screening from the neighbour’s windows at key points and lend maturity and height in the space.

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