“Jeremy Bevan Gardens have transformed a small overgrown north-facing space into a beautifully designed town garden that will give us pleasure all year round. Excellent in both design and execution, with a minimum of disruption while the work was being done, Jeremy and his assistants were a pleasure to deal with. We are delighted with the results and have no hesitation in recommending them very highly.”
Terry and Rosemary G. Crouch Hill London N4
Existing– A late Victorian terraced house with a neglected, overgrown garden that had evolved haphazardly over the years. It contained a lot of large, boring plants and although the clients, a middle aged couple, had done a lot of planting, much of this was lost in the overall mess making the garden seem much smaller than it actually was. The concrete crazy paving was full of weeds and hard to maintain. Some areas were in full sun and others in deep shade.
Brief – We had to keep the weeping Birch tree and other garden worthy plants. The clients wanted to have a large area for entertaining, a composting area, lots of plants to bring more birds and other wildlife into the garden and a possibly a water feature of some kind.
Solution – The new design sets the garden diagonally to the house, which gives the impression of a much larger area and maximises available space, leading the eye around the garden and away from end boundary.
Buff Indian sandstone paving was laid by the house and edged with red multi-stock bricks with plenty of room for entertaining. Beyond this an area of basket-weave brick paving, with sandstone inserts, leads to a hidden compost area and a teak bench. Facing the bench is a small formal water feature with a gentle bubble fountain filled with fish and aquatic plants.
New oak sleepers were used to create raised beds filled with a mix of planting, which provides year round interest and include Euphorbia, Sedums, blue Irises, tall purple Verbena and variegated Pittosporum. The shadier areas are planted with Dogwood, purple Heucheras, Sibirian Irises, Periwinkles and Foam Flowers.
This design has created a garden where strong structure is softened with lush planting.
Designed by Jeremy Bevan
Built in 2008
Budget approx £18000