Raised Beds for Vegetable, Gravel Areas for Entertaining in West London

We found this south facing Chiswick garden in quite a state. It had had a few years of discontent; the shrubs were sad and overgrown. Our client wanted something more contemporary and easy to keep; it had been a football pitch for her boys over the years. Our client also wanted raised vegetable beds and a separate seating area at the bottom of the garden where her (now grown up) sons could entertain their friends, plus an area for a table and chairs nearer the house. We had to be ruthless and decided to remove all the old shrubs which had become woody and unkempt and also sadly, a pretty magnolia tree which was exactly where we planned the new seating area to be. We also removed a mass of detritus from old trellising, plant pots etc. We gravelled some of the garden and the rest is lawn with raised beds held in with railway sleepers. The hard standing at the back is also made out of black railways sleepers. We painted the shed black and it now slightly resembles a beach hut sitting on a pebbled beach!

Instead of stripping her fencing away we decided to paint it black and “front it” with horizontal lathes of trellis spread quite widely apart. This has made a long narrow garden much more spacious in effect. We planted bamboos and ferns at the back and at the front of the garden nearest the house there are vegetables in raised beds. We raised all the canopies of the trees and unveiled the beautiful red trunk of an Arbutus tree.

We used a small amount of box hedging to reflect the wooden block seat which sits in the foreground and which gives wonderful perspective to the garden. The garden is lit at night by uplighters on the three main trees.

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