Small Urban Garden – Clapham

Urban, contemporary garden, small yet highly functional

The small garden of this London terraced house was dominated by an imposing privet hedge. Gravel, the only hard landscaping material, tended to be picked up on shoes and trodden into the adjoining kitchen. The client wanted the style and feel of a clean, contemporary garden. The garden was transformed into a private oasis in which they could comfortably entertain and relax.

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The small space lent itself to built-in furniture. Built-in beds, seating and daybed were incorporated to both maximise on space and also provide somewhere to sit, lounge and barbecue.  The raised beds give height to the planting in order to create privacy.  Bamboo was planted into the rear bed in order that the owner could maintain the level of privacy that the hedge had previously afforded.  A daybed was constructed from blockwork and hardwood decking. Generous enough for two, the daybed features a hollow where an outdoor cushion can be stored when not in use. A cantilever seat constructed from hardwood deck boards compliments the new decking.  Hardwood decking allowed the clients to walk into the garden barefoot and enjoy the warmth of the wood in summer.  It also provides a more durable surface than softwood decking. Deteriorating fencing was replaced by contemporary slatted screens, of Western Red Cedar, allowing light to pass through but maintaining privacy.  An outdoor rattan dining table and chairs was sourced.  The seats can be stored beneath the table and a protective cover keeps it out of the elements during the winter.



Specimen Fig and Olive trees give structure and height to the garden and are complimented by evergreen planting that will maintain a clean, lush look year round.  Contemporary planters are also home to evergreen planting of Astelia chathamica ‘Silver Spear’ which have striking silvery leaves.