Designing for a square walled-garden
This is an almost square, traditional walled garden of a four storey Victorian house in Richmond. It has beautiful old stock bricks on the two walls either side, but the end of the garden was spoiled by a tatty fence and trellis covered in ivy and a really massive old wisteria. There were raised beds, again in old stock bricks, all around the garden, but with an odd mixture of curves and straight lines, which created a rather odd look – like it wasn’t sure what it wanted to be.
A lot of the planting wasn’t what the Client wanted, but what she’d inherited from the previous owners, however, there were some nice shrubs and a couple of roses she wanted to keep.
Probably the best feature of the garden was the Yorkstone paving consisting of a wonderful range of slabs in an array of shapes and sizes. The main problem was that the beautiful paving was hidden by an army of pots, ornaments and other assorted odds and ends and it’s pointing had been neglected for far too long and was in need of some attention.
There was also a distinct lack of storage in the garden and she was fed up of having bikes and golf clubs in the house.