One of the most satisfying parts of designing is giving clients a garden they didn’t know they had.
In the city, outdoor space is at a premium so I love to create an oasis with somewhere to sit and read a book, sip coffee, perhaps eat outdoors in summer, often in a space little more than 5 x 2 metres.
Many cities in Britain and Ireland have streets and streets of Victorian terraced houses, created in the 19th century with small yards. Over the years, kitchen and bathroom extensions have eaten into this outdoor space, which are now often used as storage for bins and unwanted clutter from the house. It always surprises me. Here is a real asset , an extra room outdoors – a retreat in summer, add a firepit and retreat to it in winter, add lighting and look out at it from indoors.
Here are some which we have transformed:
An uninspiring space with unpleasant outlook.
Ugly cupboard removed and replaced by a smart shed, trellis added, lush planting.
Another wasted space, a potential outdoor room.
A good tidy up, create storage, dig over and plant up beds.
Another wasted space, eaten into by a bathroom extension.
Trellis, new paving and planting.
Here are some more ideas if you have a tiny urban plot. I loved this productive indoor/out garden “The Pantry” at Bloom 2014. More here.
The gardens below were created on a former car park in front of a row of terraced cottages:
So think creatively. Create your own oasis.
It will bring its own rewards now that Spring is finally arriving.