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Small Suburban Garden : Case Study No. 1

Assessment: | Hard landscaping: | Planting: | Garden style: | Maintenance and cost:


Medium height walls, garden faces south, not particularly overlooked, flowers and colour a priority. Problem – to hide a garden shed.

Hard landscaping:

Garden sheds, oil tanks, coal bunkers and dog kennels tend to spoil small gardens. A ‘false’ wall of concrete screen blocks is used here to hide the garden shed and compost / service area.

The surface area is partly paved with 40 cm square concrete paving slabs. A service path leads from the paved area and is flanked by two flower borders. The slabs step out two courses into the lawn area to break the line of paving and to make a wider sitting area. A curving border surrounds the lawn on its other sides. Three clay pots break up the expanse of paving.


Lawn covers most of the surface area. One small standard tree provides some privacy for the sitting area and helps to ‘lift’ the flat lines of the walls. Climbers help too. The borders are planted mostly with perennial flowers and some shrubs, including evergreens, for year round structure. The pots contain bedding plants for colour and variety. The borders hide the path; a pillar-shaped tree helps to disguise the entrance to the service area.

Garden style:

An informal style suitable for growing a wide range of plants, especially perennial flowers. Good use is made of the vertical space of walls and the flat surface area of the garden is not broken up unnecessarily.

Maintenance and cost:

Considerable maintenance; mowing, weeding, tidying. Not expensive; only the false wall and paving would be costly.


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