Designing for Small Gardens

Smaller garden spaces offer a greater design challenge but the owner will surely reap the rewards as the space can be maximised to give all year round colour and interest. Views are contained, detail can be appreciated and construction is relatively affordable allowing some additional bespoke touches.

A tranquil courtyard garden

Jon, one of our designers is completing a stunning project where the brief was to be low maintenance but always interesting to view from the house. Jon turned his great ability to listen to our client’s needs and his clever design eye to the contained space and developed a simple and stylish design, only using the best materials to deliver a calm, beautiful space that has delighted our client.

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City Garden on a Shoestring

Ruby had a lot of scope in Wimbledon where our fun loving but very busy client (bone surgeon!) loves her tiny city garden but it had to be NO maintenance…and she really meant NO maintenance! She needed areas for sitting out, garden storage and a great party venue. Critically it had to be on a modest budget. The biggest problem was that the derelict walls were unstable and were badly affected by an over-grown ivy – the ivy simply had to go and let some light in. We all accepted the problem that this would let in unwanted views of neighbouring buildings and Ruby developed a clever planting plan to solve this problem. The men set to work and within 10 days Ruby’s plans had been realised. We all accept that there will be some maintenance but this garden can be looked after in the odd 5 mins…..

Designing for Small Gardens
Designing for Small Gardens

Here’s a bird’s eye view of the finished look together with one of our CAD drawings.

Designing for Small Gardens
Designing for Small Gardens

Design Perfection

Designed by Nicholsons for an interior designer, Sally Ann Lasson, the tiniest London garden with the worst access was transformed into the most delightful Bijou urban retreat. Sally Ann had bought a stunning reclaimed Cartouche and Jon enjoyed designing it into a worthy setting, giving it a new lease of life as a water feature. Often when we are limited with space, it is best to keep things simple but in this case, Jon cleverly brought in lots of exciting details but kept harmony through a limited palette of materials that tied everything together. This garden celebrates pebble paving, mirrored archways, a water feature, a contemporary bespoke bench, subtle lighting, not to mention exquisite planting.

In recognition of Jon’s accomplishment, this charming garden won the BALI Design Excellence Award 2013 and has been featured in House and Garden magazine

Designing for Small Gardens
Designing for Small Gardens
Designing for Small Gardens

To view the full article in House and Garden please select here.

If you have a small garden and you would like an initial free consultation please contact our garden design team at this address: gardendesign@nicholsonsgb.com.

Liz, founder of Nicholsons Landscapes, now finds herself running the business rather than designing gardens – but designing is her passion and she enjoys sharing experience and ideas with you. Liz loves natural cottage gardens and more structured formal landscapes in equal measure – favourite garden Rousham.

Designing for Small Gardens