This garden in Wimbledon was an environment of neglect for many years. The new owners of the house, our clients, made improvements to the interior of the house before turning their attention to the outside space.
The garden had only one particular problem – it was not very big. However, this is a common issue with gardens in various parts of south-west London. However, with careful planning and design, we could do something great with it.
One set up that often works well is to confine all planting to raised beds usually done in brick or concrete block and render.
They can be as narrow as 600mm with a planting space of 400mm which is just about enough. Also, if you design and build any raised beds with built-in seating to a corner of the garden, you create visual impact while retaining maximum space in the centre. This space, in turn, can include free-standing pieces of furniture; such as a round table with chairs in timber or metal.
Even a garden of say 8m x 8m can be transformed into a useful ‘outdoor room’ if you arrange the layout in this way.