Over the years I have re-designed and advised on many different garden designs. Below is a recent example.
This property had a carport with 98% of the front garden containing non-porous concrete, with a very small flowerbed under the larger front window.
The brief was to create a garden and driveway for parking for one carand be sympathic to the age of the house and character of the 1930's. The garden was to have colour throughout the year, including winter. In winter the evergreen shrubs give colour to the garden. Colour was planted for spring and summer, but due to cost restaints, the plants were not mature and will take a little time to mature and increase in size. The pathways are planted with lavendar and pinks, which will give scent and colour. In the beds are roses for fragance and colour and scent for winter is provided by Sarcococca Confusa. This is grown just outside the hot-house at Wisley and is highly perfumed. There is additional scent for winter provided by the conifers which are lemon scented. The slate and scalpings are porous as per the current legislation for front gardens, the drive has a soakaway to remove excess rain water from the garden and aids run off.
Over time concrete layers had been added resulting in 17.5 tonnes of concrete requiring removal before landscaping of the front garden could commence. At the start of the project, after clearing the initial hardcore, we had to bring in 10 tonnes of scaplings to form a base for the driveway and path. After laying this, edging stones were cemented in place, followed by 4 tonnes of slate, 7 tonnes of topsoil and 1 tonne of bark chippings. A small new lawn was also laid for the homeowner and a planting scheme designed and created.
The garden level was raised at the front of house to create a less severe slope for the driveway level, we incorporated a small new laid lawn, trees and shrubs adding interest to the garden for interest and to help retain wildlife. The shrubs and plants used will aid privacy for the homeowner once the garden matures. At the time of taking the adjacnet photograpgh, the garden was newly created and not mature, this will take a little time to come into its own, developing its size and shape.