Renovating or remodelling a large, old and somewhat overgrown urban garden, which in parts had become unsightly and unusable is a challenging task but one which offers many opportunities for much success.
An exciting project featuring a large urban garden, boasting an enviable south facing aspect from which one can enjoy the delightful sunny aspect from sunrise to sunset. Unfortunately the garden clearly showed many signs of deterioration, overgrown and weed infested planted borders, an old glasshouse which had been overwhelmed by rampant ivy, a patio area which was unsightly, unsafe and not quite inviting.
The project brief was to devise a plan which would rescue the garden from the spiralling decline, provide new patio areas for outdoor living and enjoyment, restore the soft elements of the garden ie lawn and planted border areas and provide more interest, more colour and more satisfaction. Also required was the provision for a working garden area, new glasshouse, raised vegetable growing beds, additional garden storage. Sweeping pathways were preferred and complimented by similarly sweeping planted borders, which very appealing also ensured that the lawn area would be maximised and enhanced with a more distinctive profile. Energy efficient garden lighting was included to add a stimulating interest in selected planted areas, whilst new rendered walls and raised beds were also included to improve interest, privacy but boundary definition.
Where feasible and practical, the endeavour was to retain some of the established planting but given the serious overgrown and congested conditions of the planted areas, it was not surprising that removal of much of the existing planting stock was inevitably the more feasible option.
Article contributed by Owen Chubb Garden Landscaper