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  • Writer's pictureSarah Kay

My N5 Secluded Family Garden is starting to take shape

After a lot of demolition and earth shifting over the last few weeks, my N5 Secluded Family Garden is starting to look like a garden again.

Here's a reminder of the design,which seeks to create a private family garden with new batten fencing, pleached trees and raised beds creating a feeling of seclusion for the seating area. The 45 degree geometry of the design improves the flow around the garden and trees and key architectural shrubs create visual focal points, drawing your eye around the garden.

View from the kitchen

This is the existing garden which was dark and gloomy with overbearing trees and bamboo and lacked any family dining or entertainment space. The lawn and flower beds had been ravaged by the family puppy so it was essential that the new design is as dog friendly as possible.

Existing view from the kitchen

The mismatched fencing has been replaced by sleek horizontal batten fencing, which has the visual effect of elongating the garden and when painted Urban Slate provides a fantastic background foil to the planting.

Triangular raised beds have been faced with London stock bricks to match the house and are set to a perfect perching height, providing additional seating options for this compact garden, whilst allowing for ample dining/entertainment space.

The dark grey fencing also matches the kitchen bi fold doors, providing a link between the house and garden.

Steel grey porcelain paving and coping will be added next week, along with an custom oak L-shaped bench and an Urban Slate painted bike store to the right hand side of the doors.

Brightly coloured fuchsia planters will add a pop of colour, reflected in some of the planting and a lighting and irrigation system will add the final touches.

Planting Plan

Watch this space for more progress updates.

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