Client Brief

The owners of this small suburban garden wanted to reclaim their outside space and to transform it from a tired playground into a garden for relaxation and a peaceful oasis.


The garden now features a wooden pergola that provides a sheltered seating area large enough for the whole family and friends to enjoy. The pergola also gives shelter and privacy from the surrounding houses.

A staggered porcelain pathway leads to the pergola meandering through large swaths of planting. A gravel garden with pollinator friendly plants and ornamental grasses add height and movement.

The imposing and ugly garage wall was painted a dark colour to act as a backdrop for climbing plants. Laser cut corten panels were mounted on the wall to create a decorative feature. The panels are back-lit  with LED lights which create a 3D effect at night.  A comprehensive lighting scheme around the garden highlights the planting at night along with festoon string lights with vintage filament bulbs which hang above the seating area.

Garden design by Jaki Grosvenor

Photography by  Fritz Photography

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