Revamped Family Garden, Wimbledon, SW19 "Anyone For Tennis?"
Our clients required a garden that fitted in with their busy lifestyles and wanted a space that was aesthetically pleasing and they could enjoy as a family with their grown up children. The garden was to offer low maintenance, robust planting. The family had requested a new seating area to the rear of the garden to replace a rather tired concrete paved patio. It was a requirement that a large amount of lawn was to be retained for the family pets.
Our solution was to remove the small existing patio and decorative plinth to the rear of the garden and replace it with a stunning Brazilian slate patio and pergola enclosed by climbers and planting mature planting to the side and rear. We aimed to give an immediate feeling of comfort and selected plants that would offer structure, privacy and perfume to the new seating area through the seasons.
We felt the large space needed a focal point and were keen to bring interest into the garden. This was done by creating a well-stocked central bed using Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ as the main feature specimen tree with a well considered supporting cast of ferns, grasses and flowering perennials. The central bed as well as screening the new patio and pergola area offers dual access with two routes through the garden from the property to the pergola area.
The planting scheme for the garden had to be robust and to work hard for the garden from the beginning of spring until late into the seasons. Several mature shrubs and trees were planted many offering blossom and changing tones through the year as well as some evergreen structural shrubs to maintain year long interest. The perennial planting was developed around a muted palette of pinks, purples and white to complement the blossom of the Amelanchier,Prunus and Magnolia that were planted. Structural grasses and ferns were also incorporated in to the scheme to offer movement and lead the eye throughout the garden.