Spring Clean

Kew, TW9: northwest facing.

Sometimes all that’s needed is refurbishment. The owners were very fond of their semi-shady garden, designed by professionals about 17 years ago, but it needed a bit of a pick-me-up.

'We are really delighted with the improvements… the shed and the decking, in particular, look great. I’m enjoying pottering about and even enjoying the weeding. It looks lovely and we receive loads of compliments from visitors.'

We replaced the old path, removed a tatty Pyracantha hedge, rebuilt the rotten deck with lovely hardwood and gave the shed a facelift. A Choisya hedge (much more friendly than Pyracantha), some careful replanting of depleted borders and hey presto!