Going over old ground

I’ve been looking back at some of the gardens I made in 2013.

In this city front garden what had seemed to the owners to be a small, awkward space lent itself well to an open, shingle garden.

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 I chose humble materials that sat comfortably with the house and budget. We concentrated on aromatic plants that welcome visitors with their scented foliage all year round. An apple tree and crab-apple add height and depth to the planting, providing a much needed screen from the road.

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By placing the bin store between the car and the doorway I was able to effectively screen the car from the living room view and provide a pleasant, private courtyard at the door. This increased sense of privacy is balanced by the general openness of the front garden, in keeping with other properties up and down the street.

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A specially designed log store under the window allowed us to make a sun-absorbing succulents bed at eye level as seen from the living room window.

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This bed is the domain of the children who are adding new treasures to it regularly.

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We had a very small budget and were delighted with the final transformation. Our simple, effective approach allows for seating to be added in time and is already a popular playground for the children. The front garden has gone from a dreary, cat litter tray to a fragrant, practical, welcoming space.

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I’m looking forward to seeing the trees and plants mature and our creatively pruned hedge take on a pleasing form. It was very neglected and bare to a third of the way up – I’ll be back with my shears this year!