Priory Road, Kew, London TW9

Small Urban Back Garden 150 sq m

Low maintenance landscaping
Family Garden

Materials: Kebony decking, Cedar trellising / pergola / posts / den structure (bespoke), Kebony benches and seat (bespoke), sawn and sand blasted buff sandstone paving (sealed), treated softwood graded timber cupboards (bespoke), steel water tank with filter and pump (bespoke), Hunza lights with dimmers, outdoor heaters.

Planting: Bay tree (Laurus nobilis), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary), Buxus balls, Lavandula angustifolia, Agapanthus, Echinacea, Agastache, Salvia, Helichrysum, Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue,’ Alchemilla mollis, Stachys ‘Big Ears’ Thymus, (Thyme) Origanum, (Marjoram) Tiarella, Miscanthus, Olea europaea, Buxus hedging, Luzula nivea, Lonicera henryi, Trachelospermum, Clematis ‘Prince Charles’.

Brief: The house is semi-detached, Victorian and situated in a conservation area close to Kew garden. Both the front and back gardens were run down and uninspired. The back garden was very overgrown, bland and with a confused functionality. The clients weren’t really using their outdoor space. They wanted a private retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city living.

The garden had to be low maintenance and contemporary. Entertaining friends and family was crucial to the design. They were also keen to create a fun and special place for the children. Water was another component that was at the top of their wish list. The clients also wanted to be able to use the space at night and requested lighting and outdoor heating.

They also required a lot of storage. The clients enjoyed cooking and wanted an area dedicated to herbs. They also love Mediterranean planting and are attracted to plants within the cool colour palette, particularly blue.

The clients were delighted with the finished gardens.

This project was awarded with Overall Best Design & Build and Overall Best Hard Landscaping at the National APL Awards 2014.

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