new build garden in
epsom downs


The brief was to introduce interest in the form of curves, level out the lawn and borders, provide screening at the back of the garden and create a designated area for the dining set. Also to give a good view from the bi-fold doors.

Design and outcome

The garden dipped slightly at the back, and so this area was levelled out with new topsoil. A circular design was the favourite choice which introduces movement and detracts from the squareness of the garden.

The existing new build paving was sound, and so was largely retained. It just required an additional circular area for the table and chairs in Indian sandstone to complement it. This area was raised slightly, using attractive sandstone bricks.

A sandstone sett path leads to the shed, edged with luxuriant planting.

Pleached hornbeam trees were the ideal choice to give screening from the view beyond, and along with other feature trees such as a Cercis, spring flowering Cherry and white Lilac, there will be plenty to look forward to as the garden fills out. Other key plants are Hydrangea 'Annabelle', topiary Ilex crenata and Yew balls, Rosa 'Darcey Bussell' and Euphorbia mellifera.

The garden now feels a much more lively space, full of interest.

'My new garden has made a gardener out of me and I just love it.'

Miss B, Epsom Downs

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