Low maintenance outdoor terrace garden – the perfect suburban oasis in Kingston, Surrey

Project Brief

Transform a difficult, worn out space into a contemporary space that invites you to sit out, relax and enjoy a drink on a summer’s day or the occasional evening al fresco meal.

Project Solution

Working with limited space is tricky, but clever use of terracing with smooth sawn sandstone, timber screens and cobble mulch do just that. The planting does need some seasonal attention but, otherwise this is a low maintenance courtyard terrace. In the evening simple, subtle lighting highlight all the plants, including the elegant large box ball spheres.

Project Features

  • Sawn sandstone is used to create uniform terraces, steps and the stepping stone path to the rear gate.
    Growing a lawn was always a struggle under the mature tree – now Atlantic rounded cobblestones provide texture and help keep the weeds down.
    Simple lattice screening helps obscure the neighbour’s fence
    Mature architectural plants are well positioned to provide interest
    A subtle lighting scheme extends enjoyment of the space beyond the hours of daylight.Atmospheric lighting
  • Wall mounted water feature
  • Attention to the boundaries inevitably enhances such small space
  • This garden is transformed at night with subtle lighting, and a patio heater extending the enjoyment of the space beyond hours of daylight
  • The use of a geometric layout and repetition of materials help coordinate the space
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