A Small Urban Space

This small garden in Colchester, Essex had measured just 10m x 10m (33' x 33') and was heavily overlooked to the rear. The brief was for a contemporary finish which they could entertain friends and family in.

The house was raised above the garden by approximately 1.5m (6') so the lack of privacy was especially prevalent as it was possible for the neighbours to see straight into the clients kitchen. To address this, we planted pleached Hornbeam along the rear of the garden but to add extra height, we did so in a raised border.

The additional advantage of the border was that the walls were a perfect height for visitors to rest on when the main seating was all occupied. 

As entertainment was a prominent part of the brief, we centralised a relaxed seating area. The furniture was all mobile but we installed a low wall to ensure it was anchored. The walls were all rendered in a light off-white which allowed light to bounce and contrasted with the black slate paving.


Soft lighting gives the Olive trees a wonderful presence throughout the year
The main viewpoint as entering the garden
The low wall doubles up as additional seating

On the other side of the wall, we planted 6 small Olive trees so the wall had the additional advantage of offering a clean backdrop to these. The trees were prominent from the main access point and led the eye to the rear border which was underplanted with woodlanders.

A bench and small fire pit in one corner gave this area purpose. Mixed paving also added textural interest and helped in breaking up the expanse of hard landscaping. 

Planting was kept very simple with the majority being evergreen or tree based. This meant the prominent outlook was luscious year round.

Creating a central focal point with smaller focal points around this worked very well to really make the most of this small space and we were even invited to the clients first party to celebrate!

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For an end to end service, our garden design and project oversight options deliver a clear step by step plan and then co-ordination of the garden build.

Planting Plans

Our planting plans can be selected as a stand alone design service. We still put you at the centre of the design but work within the predefined borders to refresh the garden.

Planning Application

We are experienced in liaising with local authorities and delivering the details and specifications required. This service can be used either in conjunction with our design services or as a stand alone feature as required.

Commercial Garden Design

We know that time and value are key when it comes to commercial projects. That's why we focus on short lead times and value add when working with developers to increase saleability and kerb appeal.
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