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.


The light coloured porcelain paving is from London Stone, wall coping stones and walls painted in Farrow & Ball schoolhouse white keep things bright and also frame the planting.

Flint gravel has been used as a planting mulch and to create the walkways between the paving slabs.

This north London low maintenance front garden is a dramatic transformation from the original drab and dated scheme.

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. 

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