Did you have a chance to see the show gardens of the Garden Awards finalists at Grand Designs London 2013? Four garden designers were chosen as finalists by Kevin McCloud for their innovative use of a 40 s.m. (430 s.f.) plot. So basically a small garden which is what most of us in urban areas have (if you are lucky!).
Christine designed a garden entitled “glow” which is geared for those who are busy urbanites who want a stylish low-maintenance garden.
credit: Christine Wilkie
The seating area is a floating patio of timber, tiles and artificial lawn. The feature wall contains an eco-fire, the glow of which is echoed in the under LED strip lighting of the floating patio. What a great idea for evening parties! The pathways, made from recycled aggregate, are lined with raised beds to provide privacy. And, can you believe the colourful wall art boxes are actually bee hives?!
Andy Stedman’s garden is an homage to up cycling showing how industrial chic can be done on a small scale.
credit: Andy Stedman
The green pergola is actually painted scaffolding. Framed vertical planters provide a living green wall. The feature wall is a grid made from recycled re-bar, steel and recycled floor joists and filled with potted Buxus. Sedum strips in the decking add interest and planting to the floor space.
The garden designed by Scott Lawrence is also environmentally conscious. The decking is recycled plastic composite and the water features themselves use recycled rainwater. The use of green walls and mass planting helps with the feeling of a secluded hideaway.
What do you think of these gardens? They provide lots great ideas for making gardens eco-friendly. I love the up cycling of materials, the recycling of water and living walls. These designs really show that a contemporary garden can be so much more than hard surfaces and minimal planting.
These gardens really make me look forward to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show next week. I’ve never managed to get tickets before and I am SO looking forward to it.