Garden Redesign For a New Build Property

Eden Landscape are really pleased to have completed the design and build of a garden in Market Harborough for a brand new house.

The garden for this project was roughly 15m x 11m in the main with an additional ‘dead area’ behind the garage of 5m x 3m that can’t be seen. It’s an odd shaped garden with a difficult slope up to the neighbours garage wall that then drops into the dead area. An inspection revealed the builders had sloped up soil to hide concrete blocks in the neighbouring garage wall. This meant it was shady, damp, close to the house and very poor clay soil in all of the garden. 

The tall fencing wasn’t great to look at as there was a large amount of brick wall on view. It was mostly sunny on the far side of the garden. 

For this garden design project the client wanted to break up the fence line, have a nice seating area, plants for pollinating insects and a wildlife pond.

We designed the dead area as a paved space for the barbecue and herb pots and extra seating. Due to the odd shape of the garden we made the patio circular with a flattened side against the neighbouring wall and raised it one step up. There is a circular cut out in it with pots to account for different levels. The path winding up to the patio carries on the curved theme and is stepping stone slabs within decorative aggregate to cope with the slope and drainage issues.

The slabs used are porcelain from London stone and are called Ash beige. The porcelain ‘planks’ are from Marshalls and are called symphony planks ‘Corrado’. These are surrounded by natural sawn stone blocks also from Marshalls.

The contemporary fencing or ‘screens’ called Venetian privacy panels were used extensively to create a unity of material within the space so the garden areas felt connected. Individual panels were used as focal panels and planted to take the eye off the hideous fence panels the builders left that for technical reasons we couldn’t cover up completely. 

The new patio gets all the sun as you can see. We introduced a lot of compost into the soil and planted a lot of plants suited to the conditions. Plants should reach maturity in 3-5 years for this size garden.