A Garden for Gardeners in Alwoodley, Leeds

Two keen gardeners moved to Leeds to be closer to family less than six months ago. They want to put their own mark on both front and back gardens which currently feel uninspiring to them.

They require screening from neighbours and the road, and a structure in the back garden that adds verticality and interest to the space. 

When it comes to planting, they want to retain some of the existing shrubs but would like additional shrubs and trees offering plenty of variety and interest. Some of the plants will reference the planting they had in their previous garden.

The Back Garden

The existing patio has a rough facing wall which is the result of an extension to a previous patio. This needs covering and a new coping and wall will extend the patio by an extra foot which will permit freer movement when dining outside.

Large platform steps will lead from the patio into the garden. The larger lawn offers the green backdrop that will set off the colourful planting in the surrounding borders.

The garden will be bisected by a curved path from sandstone setts that gently slopes to the bottom end of the garden. A wooden pergola over part of the path will support roses, wisteria and other climbers.

An oval patio was requested referencing the customers’ previous garden. An apple tree is to be planted in the border adjacent to the secondary oval lawn.

On the lower patio a shed will offer extra storage for gardening equipment. There will also be space for gardening related activities and a hot compost bin.

The Front Garden

At the moment this is just laid to grass but the customers want a specimen tree, shrubs and perennials to fill the space. To access and maintain the planting a path from sandstone setts and gravel will meander through the garden. Privacy will be enhanced by a pleached Hornbeam hedge, which will also screen the neighbours’ garage wall. 

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