Balham Contemporary Garden

This small courtyard style garden in Balham was an unloved, bare patch of earth before the new owners moved in and had very little privacy due to being overlooked on all sides. The clients, who were carrying out extensive house renovations, wanted a garden that would match the contemporary style and high end finish of the new interior while providing a relaxing place for al fresco dinning and entertaining friends.

New white rendered walls, topped with western red cedar slatted trellis provide a contemporary feel to the garden whilst adding height, while four pleached ornamental pear trees planted along the most overlooked boundary provided additional privacy and seasonal interest.

Bespoke cedar benches divide the main areas within the garden and provide seating for dinning as well as a more  informal space to sit when friends visit.

A large sculptural feature was built to provide a focal point from the kitchen and draws the eye away from the houses beyond. The long and narrow side return was brightened up with bespoke cedar wall planters which match the trellis work and are filled with fragrant herbs.

Finally, low voltage LED lights are used to illuminate the garden and create an after dark atmosphere, highlighting the main features and providing a gentle wash of light across paving and walls. 

What our client had to say:

John has done a truly amazing job redesigning our garden. Initially, he was very good at listening to our ideas and then coming up with several proposals to meet our requirements.

His knowledge of the different types of wall materials, garden flooring, lighting options and (of course) plants, that would suit our garden, was extensive. He was always available to answer queries no matter how small and did so promptly and with great care. He has done a super job and we adore our garden, which now has a new lease of life. John, thank you so much.