Our lovely client was stuck with how to handle her large two tiered garden on a budget. With a mature tree in the centre of the lawn it had become a muddy patch, borders had disappeared and the lower terrace was an unused, disconnected space. She longed for a garden where her kids could play throughout the year and an adult space with an Ibiza summer vibe.

Rather than a major clearance of the existing planting, to make room for a more traditional design, we felt that the beautiful tree should instead become a focal point of the garden. Who doesn’t want to grow up with a tire swing?! We widened the steps connecting the two levels, to give the garden much needed flow and a feeling of grandeur not out of place in it’s Belsize Park settings. A playful gravel path runs the length of the artificial lawn and around the trunk of the tree, making the most of this sought after garden feature.

Curvy borders allow for decent planting areas whilst helping to visually widen a long garden and reflect the shape of the path. Now featuring crisp rendered raised beds and walls, clean lines, and built in cedar benches, the lower terrace becomes a flourishing entertaining space perfect for catching some rays and a glass of wine around the fire pit.

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