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E5 Family Front Garden

My brief was to create an elegant but practical family garden which incorporates essential storage and improves the kerb appeal of this East London Victorian terrace.

The existing garden consisted of concrete walls, which conceals the garden from the street and a slippery terracotta tile path.  The only plants were a privet hedge along the boundary and a large Silver Birch tree.
My recommendation was to replace the Birch tree with a more appropriately size tree, an Amelanchier, which provides three seasons of interest. 

Practical storage in the form of a 4-bike shed and matching bin store were positioned to aid accessibility.
Planting areas maximised with a green roof, climbers around the front door, on the side fence and railings, and flower beds behind the low boundary wall and by the front door to improve the views from the street and the front windows.
Materials complement the Victorian architecture, with London stock brick walls, raj green riven sandstone path, coping, steps, setts and edge and flint gravel which is permeable, a key consideration to help prevent future flooding.
Planting has an ethereal quality with tall herbaceous perennials Actaea, Japanese Anemones and Astrantia, along with Hakonechloa grasses with graceful movement and form.


March 2023



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