Small traditional garden in Harpenden

 Garden before construction


The garden of this newly built town house was almost a blank canvas - a narrow patio and grass, surrounded by irregular fencing.


The owners wanted a garden for adults, yet with areas of interest and discovery for two small boys with an enthusiasm for nature. And borders filled with traditional, cottage  garden plants, oozing with scents, nectar andseeds for the birds and the bees.


The existing patio was extended to allow for more expansive entertaining. A curved stepping stone path beneath scented, climber-clad arches now leads to a small circular seating area - for a relaxing gin and tonic in the late afternoon sun.

Plan of design proposal


A further arch prompts discovery of the fernery with its inverted tree stump for the boys to climb on. As well as being an ideal insect habitat, the stump creates a curious focal point.


The main vista from the french windows is framed by a wide rose coverd arch which focuses the eye onto an elegant Acer.


"Gilly listened closely to our brief and worked to bring it to life. As a result we have a beautiful, manageable garden that we can enjoy."

K & PG - Harpenden

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