Archives for September 2015

A back front garden! An unusual garden – Case study

The garden in this month’s case study is a little bit unusual. This is because the driveway ran down the side of it to the garage and parking area at the top. So it was a bit like having a front and back garden combined as one.


So how do you overcome an awkward or unusual garden layout?

Step 1 Your main job is to disguise the part that is unusual, or try to at least turn it to your advantage and incorporate it into the design in some way.

In the garden featured in this case study we simply disguised the existence of the driveway with some careful planting and use of upright timber sleepers to take the eyes away from the driveway.

Step 2 Utilise the space to enhance the area that you’re left with.

The inclusion of the driveway and parking area into the back garden left us with a slightly unusual shape. To take the eyes away from that fact, we put in a nice oval lawn that was angled away from the drive.


Step 3 Create a diversion so that you have something other than the awkward element to focus on.

In the garden in this case study, the slate stepping stone path around the right of the curved lawn drew the eye away from the driveway and up to the top of the garden.

A rendered wall water feature with a cascade fountain into the pond below, created an additional diversion and point of interest.

The rendered wall around the patio area curved out and up to the lawn area. Curving it this way draws the eyes forward and up to the rest of the garden, and makes good use of the available space.

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[DESIGN SHOW 18] – Level Changes, and wide garden design

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In this episode designer Rachel Mathews from Successful Garden Design shows you how to tackle gardens with changes in level. She’ll show you how to divide the space to make the terraces look great.

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