The Garden Landscaping Brief
To transform the rear garden of a suburban property in Bicester, Oxfordshire into a landscaped family friendly area which combines open space, with clearly defined zones for planting, seating and entertaining.
The Garden Landscaping Solution
The team from Abingdon’s Complete Garden Services landscaped the rear garden but left as much existing lawn as possible. This provided a grassed area for the family to enjoy and retained a nice open feel to the garden space at the back of the property.
From the entrance points of the house (the side door, rear door and patio door) a single step was built to make access to the outside easier. Using sandstone paving with sweeping curve cut to the whole length of garden a patio was laid. Where this met the lawn, the cut edge was finished with small 10cm squared tumbled sandstone blocks laid to the leading edge of the installation.
What was originally a rectangular space without any features and focal points had its hard edges softened by the construction of raised borders along the entire back of the garden using oak sleepers. This presented gentle sweeping curves along the front edge of the borders to create interest and allow planting to soften the periphery to add interest and create a flow to what had been a featureless space. A small central seating area was added to the middle section as a focal point and place for entertaining.
The Landscaping Materials
Sandstone Paving – this was chosen to reflect the warm and delicate tones of the existing architecture so that the house and the garden would be linked harmoniously within the setting. This versatile stone works well in contemporary and traditional style gardens, making it a popular choice.
Tumbled Sandstone Blocks – these are smaller sandstone setts which are sawn to size and then tumbled to smooth the sides and corners, create subtle undulations to the surface. This is a great way of adding a softer edging within a formal landscaping design.
Oak Sleepers – add the beauty and natural texture of wood structures to an outdoor space. Hard wearing and resistant to fungus, oak is a highly adaptive material which delivers on appearance and longevity. It can be fashioned to make a wide range of installations within a garden, having been utilised for oak structures in other projects.
Garden Landscaping from Abingdon’s Complete Garden Services
Abingdon’s Complete Garden Services has a proven record in high quality transformations to gardens and yard areas and the exterior of homes in Oxfordshire. If you have ideas for a garden transformation we would be delighted to discuss your plans, make suggestions and provide a quote – please contact us today!