This is a delightful garden off Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham. The clients, both young professional people, wanted a garden that was both easy to entertain in and maintain. When Caroline originally saw the house it was undergoing a complete overhaul and an entire back extension was being added with bifold doors onto the garden.
The client wanted to be able to move seamlessly from the kitchen through to the garden using the same treatment inside as out for the ground area (which was to be a light limestone). However Caroline noticed that there was some fabulous thick York stone already in the garden which HAD to be used! She dealt with this by creating two levels separating the two surfaces by timber surrounded raised beds and the look worked perfectly! What was an old fashioned over shrubbed garden turned into a wonderfully light and airy back “room” to the house. The client also wanted a vegetable bed which was easily incorporated into this plan using the timber surrounds. The lighting is simple but effective – using a combination of up-lighting for the pretty Pittisporum on the back wall and downlights for the seating area by the house. The planting is low maintenance interspersed with some light summer perennials for soft colour and interest.
The client said: “We are thrilled with our new garden and it has more than exceeded our expectations. Caroline was very creative and made excellent use of the relatively confined space to incorporate all the features we asked for. In addition, it was all completed on time and to budget with minimum disturbance/mess. The whole team was very professional and we would thoroughly recommend.”