Inside my home: Garden Redesign

Since moving into our home over three years ago, we couldn't wait to get the garden sorted and that day has finally arrived (perfectly in time for the end of the Summer!!). The house is a typical terrace but because we have a weird extra leg of hallway, it means that our garden is about 1.5 metres wider than our neighbours, and is actually a really good size!

We new we wanted to create different zones, which meant creating three levels in the garden - a trick which works wonders to make any space feel bigger! Therefore, we have a paved area around the house (with doors which open straight out onto it), an area for grass which is surrounded by raised beds, and a third level at the back for seating and dining.

 Garden furniture is from  Ikea  (chairs part of the recent collaboration with Hay)

Garden furniture is from Ikea (chairs part of the recent collaboration with Hay)

 Raised beds keep the planting (and soil) tidy and also act as an additional spot to 'perch' on

Raised beds keep the planting (and soil) tidy and also act as an additional spot to 'perch' on

 We added the pergola to create a dedicated seating area and add a bit of height and drama. As with all terrace houses, we are quite overlooked, so plan to grow lots of jasmine and honeysuckle over it to create a lovely nook

We added the pergola to create a dedicated seating area and add a bit of height and drama. As with all terrace houses, we are quite overlooked, so plan to grow lots of jasmine and honeysuckle over it to create a lovely nook

 To create a dramatic background for the planting, we chose  Cuprinol's Urban Slate  for the fencing. It coordinates beautifully with the naturally blue-grey slate paving

To create a dramatic background for the planting, we chose Cuprinol's Urban Slate for the fencing. It coordinates beautifully with the naturally blue-grey slate paving

 We chose astroturf for the grass area due to maintenance and practicalities (we have no room for a lawnmower!), and a rustic brick for the beds to tie in with the wall at the back of the garden

We chose astroturf for the grass area due to maintenance and practicalities (we have no room for a lawnmower!), and a rustic brick for the beds to tie in with the wall at the back of the garden

So there you have it... three years in the making, but absolutely worth it. Looking forward to seeing how the plants grow(/die) and also adding a few new accessories to hang from the pergola.

Would love to know what you think :-)

H x

 We have kept the planting quite simple, focusing more on shapes and structure than colour. There is a definite pink/purple theme but we have coupled this with evergreens with interesting stems like this tree which has beautiful pink stems now and red berries in the winter

We have kept the planting quite simple, focusing more on shapes and structure than colour. There is a definite pink/purple theme but we have coupled this with evergreens with interesting stems like this tree which has beautiful pink stems now and red berries in the winter

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