A Cleadon Village Front Garden

This large front garden posed a particular problem in the shape of a driveway that dominated the site.

Laid with rounded marine gravel it had rutted in several places and often flooded with rain.The design resolved the presence of the drive by obscuring it 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.

From the lawn a pathway of outsize sandstone slabs leads to a focal point beneath some large trees, behind which a curved secret path leads to a circular seating area lined with reclaimed granite setts. A curved dry stone wall seat allows the owners a lovely view of the house and garden from an area that was previously unused.

Around the boundaries, privacy, once provided by groups of large conifers, is now given by a group of Silver Birch that form a small copse of different sized trees. Below these, blocks of contemporary low maintenance planting have been designed to limit the visual impact of the driveway – the same plants continuing from one side of the drive to the other. 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 square raised beds made from yellow balau hardwood are to provide planting space for vegetables, herbs and blueberries. A large stone patio area for outdoor dining catches the mid day sun.

Hard Landscaping & Turfing by Silverbirch Landscapes, Timber Work by Eves & Lewis Landscape Design