A thirties house in West Norwood is home to a family of five busy individuals, and two cats.
The clients previously had quite a large area of the garden dedicated to a vegetable bed and toyed with the idea of having chickens. When child number three materialised the chickens and veg patch were replaced with a bench to sit and quaff wine on and large lawn to let three children run riot on.
The large garden building at the back was installed earlier in the spring, complete with a wood burning stove and a storage to the left (originally intended as a wood store but when I last looked now housing a great deal of non wood-related material) and this has become a cool haven in which to lounge and play games in, as well as an office/man den. For similar creations contact Mikail at Fixated Design.
The garden has two large beds either side which are essentially hot and cold beds as one gets an enormous amount of sun and the other not so much. I’ve put in two beautiful olives and under-planted these with Mediterranean shrubs and herbs, which will eventually carpet the earth. On the other shadier side I’ve used ferns and hellebores and sisyrinchium, as well hydrangeas and shade tolerant geranium.
It is dominated by the large sloping lawn which ends in stone step up and a terrace.
Overall the garden now feels more open and welcoming, as well as more useable.