The tiny front garden of this character cottage is the only outside space as the property has no rear garden. The brief was therefore to create a design that functioned as both an attractive and practical entrance to the property and a beautiful outdoor space that the owners could relax in.
The Design Solution - A new informal path to the front door was created with natural stone slabs of varying sizes. Contrasting red tumbled clay cobbles were inset into the paving, as well as small gravelled planting pockets. The path winds across the space overlapping a circular cobble seating area and flows to the far corner of the tiny garden, where an oversize terracotta pot hides a man-hole cover. A chunky oak bench provides additional seating and acts as a focal point.
The Planting - With such a small space every plant must really earn its place. Evergreen shrubs were chosen to give colour, structure and seclusion all year round, with the strong architectural shapes of purple phormiums punctuating the planting. Soft herbaceous plants spill over the edges of the paving and thymes and sedges grow in small planting pockets between the slabs.