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The Entertaining Garden by Earth Designs. London Garden Design and landscape build.

A modern garden design landscaped in Woodford, Essex

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'All Hands on Deck' by Earth Designs


A modern garden design landscaped in Woodford, Essex


Earth Designs - garden Design and Build were asked to landscape an urban garden in Woodford, Essex. Here are the project details:




The plot was a south facing urban garden. It was an almost completely blank canvas, with no existing plants or lawn, and a small amount of paving along the back and side of the house. There were also the remains of the foundations of an old Anderson shelter. The fences were new and in good condition, but had been painted a vivid orange which was quite heavy on the eye.


The brief was to create an attractive, functional garden, suitable for entertaining and with a space for storage out of view from the house. The client requested that some of the garden be laid to lawn, with a focal point at the bottom of the garden to enhance the view from the lounge window




The garden was sculpted with long raised beds laid around its edge, creating a clean and elegant, easy to maintain space. These beds were rendered and painted white to offset a contemporary planting palette of plum, claret and lilac. The strip of patio along the back of the house was overlaid with decking, from which a decking runway stretched the length of the garden alongside the right hand raised bed.


At the bottom of the space a dining area, constructed of a decked table and fixed bench seating enclosed on three sides by raised bed, was placed to make the most of the afternoon and early evening sun. A fixed BBQ, adorned with mosaic tiles, was also incorporated into this area.


The raised beds featured architectural planting, with carefully chosen structural and specimen plants to create an exotic appeal while keeping maintenance responsibilities to a minimum. The space between the bench area and the decking behind the house was laid with lawn. The fences were painted Seagrass to soften their effect and create a subtle backdrop to the planting. A low storage shed was built directly behind the kitchen, thus hiding it from view from the house.


A focal point was created with the construction a sunken mosaic pool, over which the decking walkway crossed. The pool was fitted with a gentle filter to maintain water clarity while preserving its natural stillness, and underwater lighting was installed to created added ambience at night.





“As we sit here on a sunny evening it seems years ago since Earth Designs transformed our garden. From concept to final creation it was a pleasure to work with such a dedicated team. We put our trust in their design and construction abilities - this was definitely a good decision to make. Our initial designs were very simple and it didn’t take Kat long to see through these! Instead she questioned us about what we wanted out of the garden and designed accordingly.


Her design has met all of our needs, with areas for entertaining; quiet relaxation and watching the world go by. We cannot praise the company highly enough in terms of listening to our needs and pushing us beyond our preconceived ideas.

Her team descended on our home for a solid week and took -over the ground floor! Our terraced house has no rear access! This might have presented problems was it not for the professionalism of her team.


They respected our home and treated it with care – even as 500 breeze blocks and tons of soil were moving though! The many different people who came throughout the week became friends not workers. We trusted them and returned after a weekend away to find the house hoovered and cleaned.


You might wonder if they had been there was it not for the garden! Everything did not go to plan – but what could you expect for such a large-scale change. We were constantly kept informed of unexpected hiccups and everything was always our decision; second best was never forced upon us.


You might think it a bold statement, but the use of our house has changed following the work of Kat and Earth Designs. We use all the spaces that she created and we are outside for a great deal more time. Many parties have taken place and we look forward to many years of enjoyment from the garden. I recommend the company to you and welcome anyone who would like to see what they have created first hand.”


Earth Designs is a bespoke garden landscape design and build company specialising in classic, funky and urban contemporary garden design.


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Taken on September 8, 2005