South London Garden Design


These are the gardens to a substantial, semi-detached, Edwardian house in a tree-lined, residential road in Catford, south London.

The front garden measures approximately 13.5ms  by 6.6ms and is laid out in a traditional manner with a central lawn, surrounded by flower beds, and two paths.

The rear garden is broadly rectangular, mainly laid to lawn with a long, narrow planting bed to one side.

Soil samples show that the soil is PH7.5, which is alkaline but still suitable for a wide range of plants.

The client would like to give the gardens a complete overhaul in order to create a vibrant and practical entertaining space for all generations their family to enjoy. However, given the age of the property, they would like the new gardens to remain in keeping with their surroundings. Take a look at before and after photos for this amazing South London Garden Design!


In the front garden, given the lack of sufficient parking space in the road, the client would like to create a practical parking area for two cars. For the drive surface, we talked about using resin bound aggregate, which is both hardwearing and very low maintenance. It will also sit well with the style of the house as it gives the traditional gravel look, but without its disadvantages.

In order to create a cohesive entertaining space to work in conjunction with the dining room we will be using decking.

The built-in charcoal barbecue will also include storage shelves and a paved worktop.

Wall-mounted heaters will make the space comfortable to use in the winter months.

In order to extend the seating space, we will design built-in bench seats on the far corners of the deck. 

From the deck the client would like to step onto an area of lawn. The lawn edged with brick will make maintenance much easier.

Beyond the lawn, there will be a pergola traversing from side to side covered in scented climbing plants. Also an arbour with seat to the right side. A focal point, placed at the left side, can be viewed both from the seat and from the house.

A free-standing water feature will give the pleasant and calming sound of moving water. Also a wonderful sparkle at night when lit-up!

Beyond the pergola we will create a children’s play area. This will include a play structure to suit children from ages 0-5 years, but also a swing/s which all ages can use.

As a play surface we discussed using artificial turf as it is both clean and low maintenance. We will separate the two areas of lawn by the pergola and path, as well as planting beds.

The new planting scheme for both gardens should be fairly traditional in feel, but low maintenance too.

Lighting will also add an exciting dimension to both gardens. With inset lighting to the drive, deck and paving, and up-lighting to the pergola, water feature, focal points and structural planting, the effects can be dramatic. However, with the use of different circuits, a more subtle feel can be achieved, according to the mood and occasion.

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