The Challenge

As with many suburban properties, the front garden of this semi-detached house in north London had been almost entirely paved over. The owners wanted an appealing low maintenance front garden whilst retaining parking for one car as well as safe, level access to the front door.

What We Did

The light coloured Florence grey porcelain paving, matching wall coping stones and walls painted in Farrow & Ball ‘schoolhouse white’ keep things bright and also frame the planting.

For planting mulch, we used flint gravel to suppress weeds and retain moisture in the soil. We also used it to create the walkways between the paving slabs which is a cost-effective way of reducing the amount of paving required but still gives a great finished effect. Nida honeycomb mats were placed underneath the gravel making it even and firm to walk across unlike loose-laid gravel.

This garden is a great example of what can be achieved with a drab and uneven small urban front garden whilst also being SUDS (sustainable urban drainage systems) compliant.

The garden was designed by Jaki Grosvenor and inspired by Beth Chatto’s famous planting schemes and Derek Jarman’s shale garden at Prospect Cottage in Dungeness. 

We are thrilled that this low maintenance front garden was shortlisted for the 2020 “Pro Landscaper ‘Big Project, Small Impact Under £25K’ award”.


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