Arts & Crafts Garden, Bickley

The Design Brief

An Arts & Crafts inspired space with a real sense of permanence and seclusion to harmonise with the 1920s house, which can be used as a family garden for relaxing, eating, playing and entertaining.

The Challenge

The house once stood on a far larger plot but encroaching development over the years has meant this is now considerably reduced, leading to a slightly awkward shape that is much wider than it is long. Uneven levels throughout complicated the flow of the garden, and the planting was tired and unloved.

The Design Solution

The space was divided into ‘garden rooms’, comprising two courtyards and a centrepiece lawn with symmetrical borders and separate entertainment area featuring a bespoke pergola and day bed of English oak for those long lazy summer days.  Traditional materials such as York stone and clay pavers were used throughout the hard landscaping and a series of long views created with brickwork arches.  Abundant cottage garden planting alongside a line of pleached trees gives a real sense of privacy.

Garden built by Elitescapes.