Maximising the space

Creating a plant-filled garden in a very small space

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Site: A tiny, new garden with very poor soil.

Brief: The clients wanted to make the garden look larger, with substantial planting that was easy to maintain.

I chose a simple, angular theme, to maximise the sense of space, as the eye is drawn to different focal points in the garden. Timber sleepers were used to create raised beds, with new top soil giving better growing conditions.

Plants were chosen for their colour and shape and included specimen plants and the use of wires along the fence to train plants.

A number of details contributed to the success of this design, including gravel edges between sleepers and paving and a drainage channel along the centre of the garden.

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