Formally Informal

Teddington, TW11: northeast facing, front garden, light shade.

This front garden was lagging behind as the house is immaculate having undergone a major refurbishment. The clients were unsure at first but after some discussion decided on a complete overhaul. The brief was tongue-in-cheek; 'a little bit Hampton Court', so we created a smart but relaxed, semi-formal garden with a simple palette, mostly white and green with a few red Hellebores to warm up the winter. The new black and white tiled path looks immaculate.

Thoughtful planting provides texture, interest and scent throughout the year. Combining clipped Ligustrum and Buxus balls with the freeform of Hydrangeas, Tree Fern and a lovely white Cherry Tree, gives structure without looking too stern for a family house. The bespoke bin-store has a sedum roof. A new wall, mortar to match the house and paintwork, finished with dark grey gate and railings to pull the whole thing together, adds a touch of class.

The entire site was cleared, hedges, path and walls removed. A new tile path was laid, repairs made to render, a bullnose, sandstone front step was fitted with a matching path that winds through the plants.

Here's where we started, overgrown hedges and no view. The poor Rhododendron had been in that pot for 17 years, poor thing. The only items we reused were a couple of small ferns and the nice slab of Yorkstone that was recut and placed at the gate again.

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