Back Garden Designs

A selection of back gardens we’ve designed and built.

Camberwell Grove

A town garden for leisure and entertaining

This town garden was designed for leisure and entertaining.

On one side of the porcelain patio adjoining the house we installed a sleek-looking outdoor kitchen with bespoke cedar cupboards and a black stone worktop. It has all the facilities needed for entertaining: a fitted gas barbecue, a stainless steel fridge and a butler sink.

On the other side, we installed a graceful cantilevered wooden bench to fit perfectly with the elegant stone table that we specified.

The tapering patio flows through to the curving borders which ring the central lawn. Lively planting with vibrant shades of plum and lime accompanies the half standard Ligustrum jonandrum trees. To the rear, the decked leisure area features a chic cedar hot tub and is framed by Magnolia grandiflora trees and smart cedar trellis.

Crescent Lane

A charming back garden for the whole family

We designed the back garden of this terraced house to be an elegant, charming and functional space for the family.

The dining patio of buff porcelain stone adjoining the back of the house gives way to a striking circular area flanked by raised beds with mounted pergolas and cantilevered curved benches, making it ideal for lounging. Up the steps, the generous lawn allows plenty of space for children to play. The planting is floriferous, with beautiful shades of silver, white and lime. At the rear, a small patio leads through to the summer house.

Friern Road, back

A contemporary curvilinear garden

For this long narrow garden, we created a contemporary curvilinear design on different levels. Our aim was to create an architectural space with a variety of materials and planting, with different textures interacting to create a sensational multifaceted effect.

As you enter the garden, the boundary between decking and stone creates a curved line which continues farther along and draws your eye into the distance. The lounge area is adorned on one side with bespoke trellis, and on the other with mirrors alternating with fragrant jasmine in spruce grey planters. One step up, the decked dining area offers colourful planting in raised beds and a fitted outdoor kitchen with a barbecue.

Ascending the porcelain steps, you enter a lush planted area with radiant pinks, plums and limes, while the pleached half-standard trees on each side bring vertical structure. Finally, at the back, in front of the summer house, you arrive in a sun lounge area laid with Caledonian pebbles and watched over by four majestic magnolia trees.

Calton Avenue 4

A modern back garden with distinctive geometry

This large garden boasts within its geometric lines an exuberantly colourful array of shrubs and perennials. The design incorporates two stunning entertaining areas which allow a choice of sun or shade at different times of the day.

You enter the garden through a rectangular patio framed by two large triangular raised beds planted with vibrant reds, pinks and blues. Farther in, the lawn is flanked by three smaller triangular raised beds planted with striking mushroom-shaped Photinia trees. Then, porcelain pathways lead you through lush orange- and silver-planted raised beds to the deck at the rear. This lounge area is marked by a striking wooden pergola, specially designed for the garden, whose angular and intricate style creates a unique ambience for relaxing and entertaining.

Turney Road 3

A functional and flowing family garden

We aimed to create an subtle flow within this garden to allow the different areas to integrate seamlessly. A line of patio lights in the dining area laid with brown porcelain links with the curve of the planted areas. This curve continues through to the central space intended for leisure and entertainment, consisting of a circular deck with a cantilevered bench and fire pit, adjoined by a Caledonian pebble area that makes the garden feel wider.

The planting scheme is arranged around beautiful mature olive trees on each side, with a radiant palette of orange, red and pink was carefully chosen to blend with the colours of the interior of the house.

At the back, we installed a bespoke shed with a gym and bike park, and a log store opposite, with a rendered raised bed for herbs.

Druce Road

A stylish medium-sized back garden

We designed the exquisite colour scheme of purple, white, silver, blue and black for this garden to create subtle contrasts between the hard and the soft landscaping.

As you enter the garden, you walk along a path sheltered by white jasmine underplanted with a combination of evergreen ferns and Liriope muscari against black fencing. Then you encounter the fine buff sandstone patio with its intersecting curves, which contrasts with the adjacent purple rendered wall. Walking through the garden, three mature dwarf olive trees create a distinguished atmosphere, while the Agapanthus africanus and Lavandula hidcote planted at their feet add to the lush Mediterranean feel.

At the rear of the garden, the curved bed leads you to a circular decked area with a cantilevered bench attached to a striking purple rendered raised bed. To the side, a separate white Caledonian pebble path planted with ferns and grasses leads to a smart grey shed.

Huf House Garden

A multifaceted garden for a multidimensional house

The intricately laid decking runs away from the house to majestic dining and lounge areas, which both enjoy stunning hand-carved vessels with overflowing water. In the central area a striking flaming bowl provides illumination. Stepping up to the mezzanine level you walk through an exquisitely planted garden to find yourself in a tranquil corner area, where you can lounge and enjoy another perspective of this enthralling space.

Calton Avenue 3 (back)

A large back garden with shape and movement

The patio seamlessly extends the living space of the sun-room extension at the back of the house, and its circular perimeter is embraced by lushly planted angular raised beds and two curved wooden benches mirroring each other. The angle of the patio’s plank paving is carried through to the sandstone plank path bordering the lawn, and entices you along the colourful border to the destination, the subtly screened play area at the back of the garden. Meanwhile on the other side fine upright pleached trees provide a screen.

Ryecroft Road

An outside entertainment area come rain or shine

This garden was conceived as a highly functioning entertainment area for rain or shine. The concept included two seating areas on different levels and an external kitchen area. We designed and built this modern and outstanding patio. The bespoke pergola and cedar curved bench are statement pieces that along with the lush Mediterranean planting have created a unique ambience.

Wexford Road

A south-facing contemporary family garden

The terrace of buff sandstone plank paving creates a spacious contemporary outdoor dining and seating area. Graceful curved steps lead down to the central lawn area framed by softly planted beds, while multistem silver birches and standard pleached photinias provide both structure and privacy. A curved path of alternating sandstone and caledonian pebbles connects to the rear patio and the elegant circular deck area, which is backed by a semi-circular raised bed with colourful planting contrasting with the white render and cedar screen. The resulting garden is a delightful array of interlocking shapes, colours and textures.

Alleyn Road (back)

An impressive sandstone terrace for a large rear garden

For this sizeable rear garden we designed a stunning terrace of sandstone tiles, with a circular central feature of granite blocks and a complementary timber bench. Curved raised beds planted with striking half-standard erybotria trees, perennials and grasses embrace the terrace on both sides, and sweep through to the shady garden and lawn. The perimeter beds are planted with conical copper beech trees and an array of beautiful shade-tolerant evergreen shrubs and flowering perennials. The terrace also extends to the side of the house to form a smart outdoor dining area.

Turney Road (back)

A contemporary cottage garden with year-round interest

Our design for this large Dulwich garden incorporated sensational modern planting for a profusion of texture and colour.

A smart terrace of grey sandstone plank paving abuts the house, while a path leads to an elegant circular hardwood bench set inside a raised bed with lush planting of ferns and ornamental grasses. Adjacent Dicksonia antarctica tree ferns set on a pebble surface provide striking architectural interest.

Dulwich Village (back)

A back garden both ornamental and productive

For this traditional Dulwich house, the brief was to create a garden both ornamental and productive. At the rear of the house, we created a colonial-style veranda with an impressive white pergola and deck. This gives a full view of the garden and the delightful color scheme of pink, red and lime.

At the back of the garden, we made a feature of the three beehives by painting them lime green, and to enhance the Potager garden area, we laid caledonian pebbles around the bespoke hardwood raised allotments that we built for family vegetable production.

Drewstead Road

An effective renovation of a large mixed-use garden

The long north-facing rear garden boasts an elegant dining area on the sandblasted stone terrace next to the house. Proceeding through the lawn, flanked by abundant borders, you find yourself on a discrete and sundrenched decked area framed by cedar trellises. This peaceful space, screened by tall dancing perennials and pleached trees, is perfect for unwinding or entertaining, and the shed with its turfed roof blends in seamlessly.

Elm Tree Road

A variety of entertaining spaces as the sun moves across the garden

The long thin flat garden runs across the complete width of the rear of this St. John’s Wood property. The shallow curve of hardwood decking that hugs the house extends the interior flooring outside. The lemon shaped lawn points to a stunning triangular summerhouse in one corner, while on the opposite side of the garden a rectangular travertine sun patio is laid in front of the conservatory.

Alleyn Park

A flowing, curvaceous garden to befit a curvilineal house extension

The superb extension to the rear of this Edwardian property sets a precedent for curves and soft lines, and inspires the undulating raised bed along one side of the garden. The lush planting is reflected on the opposite side of the lawn by the magnolia grandiflora trees and their dazzling infill of white hydrangea which bubble over the circular buxus hedging. And there are still more curves with the delightful red cedar screen to the rear.

Belvedere Road

A large tiered garden with distinct areas

For the upper tier of this garden we created a beautiful slate patio for relaxing and entertaining. From the adjoining formal lawn, slate steps lead down to a decked area and a graceful orchard. The two tiers of the garden are divided and flanked by raised beds with an abundance of flowers and grasses.

Berber Road

A small back garden design making creative use of limited space

Our design for this small rear garden in Clapham is classic but soft. The planting for the herbaceous borders is themed for lime greens and delicate whites, and is set off by the bespoke cedar trellis along the perimeter. Meanwhile, the elegant curved bench backed by the raised bed makes a lovely spot to sit.

Drayton Gardens

Simple and exquisite planting makes for an attractive, low-maintenance garden