A new drive was the starting point for making changes in this suburban garden in Leeds. However the design of the front and back gardens also had to make space for wild life.
In the back garden there are social spaces including a large patio. A pond will be constructed alongside a raised deck. The lawn will be laid with wild flower matting.
The previous occupiers of this house were keen gardeners and many of the plants are well worth retaining. Some of the perennials will be lifted and replanted, and some shrubs will be pruned and preserved in situ. A dense thicket of ivy favoured by the resident sparrows will be trained over new fencing.
In the south facing front garden the maintenance will be simplified with repeat planting pockets set in a gravel garden. Some important mature shrubs will be selectively pruned early in the New Year to begin the transformation.
The hard landscaping will involve the laying of a new paved driveway using Marshall’s Scoutmoor paving in a rustic finish and smaller unit Porphyry setts. A new pier will give balance to the entrance. Fence and a new wooden gateway will separate the front and back.