cleadon village front garden


This large front garden was dominated by a central driveway, laid to rounded marine gravel it had rutted in several places and often flooded. The problem drive was obscured from view with western red cedar panels, using planting to screen views, and by placing large stone slabs across the drive to create a pathway. The gravel was replaced with a crushed limestone hoggin that is free draining, will support turning cars and looks great.

A large sweep of stone steps now joins the conservatory to a formal lawn that has been edged with indian sandstone cobbles. An aerial Hornbeam hedge runs alongside giving privacy from the neighbouring property. A simple dry stone bench is nestled amongst the planting on the opposite side providing a vantage point across the lawn.

Privacy is provided by a group of Silver Birch that form a small copse. Below these, continuous blocks of contemporary low maintenance planting have been designed to limit the visual impact of the driveway. Potato Vines give screening to the boundary fences and blocks of evergreen Yew provide structure and obscure a composting area.

In the small back garden an intimate courtyard has been created using western red cedar screens. Large hardwood raised beds provide planting space for vegetables, herbs and blueberries. A large stone patio area for outdoor dining catches the mid day sun.