This garden is the result of a flippant conversation. A wondering about what to do with this mini carpark ended up with a drawing on an envelope which became plans for this secret sun trap of a garden. Other than knowing they wanted to replace the window with French doors, the family weren't sure what they wanted - but loved the idea and just went for it.
Apart from the front wall, everything was removed. New brick raised beds were built (rendered on the inside) with a floating fence midway, which allows one planting scheme inside and another outside. It was important to create a private space without feeling like a barricade had been built against the neighbours. The lavender, trees and driveway border vastly improve the curb appeal and add intrigue as to what happens inside.
The interior is treated as a room in the house with vibrant colour, simple grass and gaura planting with gaps for seasonal whims- this year was sunflowers. The french doors have been added and the feeling of space within the house is incredible as the horizons are so much bigger than they were. An unexpected result of the garden is how much of a sun trap it has become, it is used everyday- even coffee on Christmas morning was outside last year! It is a pleasure to see such a dead space now able to bring so much to the party.
Initial sketches and before picture below.