Mark Fenton Designs

Urban Garden Design

Previously the garden was largely tarmacked and a small lawn which banked up to the boundary wall and had a few wisened standard roses. This was replaced and the ground stepped so as to provide more usable spaces. The landscaping work was done by greatoakslandscapes and southplanks supplied the paving and reclaimed bricks.

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My garden wraps alongside the house and I have loosely split the area to form a sequence of spaces leading from a formal water feature and terrace by the kitchen to a lawn surrounded by planting from where a vegetable garden with lean to greenhouse is accessed.

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The kitchen floor height is above the garden and this offers an elevated view of the pool and raised bed which has been planted to form a green backdrop. The main pool contains a bubbling jet that splashes over a slate feature I had carved with my design of a waterlily and dragonfly. A smaller pool with copper water blade gives the illusion of water moving from one pool to the other.

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The terrace is wide enough for a table and chairs whilst also keeping some space against the house where I’ve planted climbers and wall shrubs. The length of the paving is also broken up with Versailles-style planters with tall obelisks planted with sweetpeas which give dramatic height and scale.

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The beds around the lawn are planted with shrubs and perennials. The garden was built in spring 2019 and early 2020 I constructed a framework around the lawn for climbing plants and a low willow hurdle fence to divide this space from the vegetable garden.

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The garden has a Victorian brick wall as its boundary and in the vegetable garden I have planted fruit to train as espaliers. The soil is sandy which could make growing some vegetables tricky as they may bolt more easily in the dry conditions. Time will tell, my biggest problem is currently the woodpigeons who are treating the place like a salad bar.

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An outside toilet and coal house have been altered to create a potting shed with a lean to greenhouse built alongside. Here I will grow many of the plants for the garden and have ideas forming about a rock garden wall planted with cacti and succulents.

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Professional photography by Brooks-Carter Photography.