Thames Ditton, KT7: north facing established garden.
After a lovely orangery was constructed at the rear of this sturdy, 1930’s house, we were asked to create a deck area and renovate the third of the garden inevitably affected by the building works.
Inspired by the age and style of the house a large deck was designed with elegant curved corners. The aluminium facing is distinctive and allows for beautifully clean shapes. The steps accommodate a fall in the levels and a planter was built into the top level, to make a feature of an Acer on the corner. The curves are echoed in the shape of the beds and the brick-edged, sandstone patio.
This garden is a haven for wildlife of all kinds. We planted many bee and butterfly-friendly species with this in mind, choosing plants with flowers and foliage to compliment the deck in its new condition, and as it silvers with age. The border by the fence now contains a selection of shrubs and perennials, making sure it looks good all year round. We laid new turf and married it into the existing lawn, you can hardly see the join.
The hardwood deck was built with great precision and the planks on the steps run at 45° to those on the top.