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Sanderstead Secret

Summer house and seating
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This is the rear garden to an Edwardian terraced house in a quiet residential road in Sanderstead.

Brief:

Our clients had already had a new sandstone patio built at the back of the house with steps leading up to a lawn with planting beds to either side.

They were happy with their new patio, but the rest of the garden was looking a little tired by comparison, so our clients wanted to bring them up to the same standard and level of style.

Solution:

We replaced the lawn as it was full of moss and weeds and with the new one, we introduced a more definite shape, with curved edges to the borders.

We re-laid the patio area in the middle of the garden and kept the rear of the garden separate to maintain that sense of mystery.

The trellis was replaced and a new arch in the trellis screen leads to a corner, traditional-style summerhouse with power and light in the rear left hand corner of the garden. A small seating area, using the same paving as the lower patio area, makes a pleasant place to take advantage of the afternoon and evening sun. A stepping stone path links all these various seating areas and doesn’t take up too much lawn space.

There is a simple drilled boulder water feature that adds the relaxing elements of sound and movement that is nestled amongst planting in order to create a more natural feel.

We kept some of the established plants for their looks and maturity, and they also provide screening to neighbouring buildings and gardens. The new planting scheme is traditional in feel, but is also fairly low maintenance and the new specimens will provide interest throughout the seasons..

Our clients particularly liked foliage plants, such as Acers, Hostas, Heucheras and ferns, and flowers are provided by Clematis, Ceanothus, Lavender, Alliums, Agapanthus, Hellebores, Anemones, Roses, Delphiniums and Hebes. All of the planting is also non-toxic to cats.

To the rear of the garden we built a raised bed in which to grow herbs.

Lighting adds an exciting dimension to the garden, making it not only useable on summer evenings, but also visually accessible in the winter months. With up-lighting to the water feature, to trees and structural planting, the effects can be dramatic. By using different circuits, a more subtle feel can be achieved, according to the mood and occasion.

Finally, we fixed a water butt to the guttering of the new summerhouse, but it is concealed from view.

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