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This was a recently refurbished, modern bungalow with roof extension in Hayes Village, Kent with lovely views over the Common.


This was a recently refurbished, modern bungalow with roof extension in Hayes Village, Kent with lovely views over the Common.

The owners had recently completed extensive renovations and additions to the property and wanted to bring the gardens up to the same high standards and to provide a beautiful space in which to relax and entertain.



The owners have a wonderful outlook over the common which they didn’t want to lose it so we kept the boundary to the rear just as it was. There were raised beds along the rear boundary and to the eastern side and these remained to retain the higher levels there. On one side we built another matching raised bed to give the garden a more balanced feel.

image of the original view


image of the new view


Originally there was a brick-built pergola, which, when clothed in leafy climbers provided some privacy to the side boundary, however when that was removed the garden would be completely overlooked to the side. To overcome that we planted a combination of pleached trees and Pencil Cypresses to break up the fence-line and afford some privacy to the side of the garden from passers-by and neighbours across the road. The advantage of pleached trees is that they do not encroach into the garden as other, untrained, trees would. They also allowed scope for other interesting planting beneath.

image of the garden before


image of the garden during


image of the garden after


A new pond was built with an organic shape and slightly raised. It was constructed using some of the water-riven limestone the owners already had on site and the same stone was then used to create a natural-looking waterfall. The whole construction was then softened and made to look more natural with planting.

image of the old pond


image of the new pond


image of the planting along the boundary

The owners wanted a fairly traditional style of garden, with curvaceous beds and lawns and they had a lot of existing planting and favourite plants that they had brought from their previous home, many of which we were able to incorporate into the new scheme. The completed new planting provides plenty of colour and year-round interest, including Alliums, Anemones, Callicarpa, Cardoons, Cistus, Crocosmia, Fatsia, Forsythia, Fuschias and Heleniums. Flower arranging was a hobby and therefore suitable flower and foliage planting was included for this. We also put in some herbs and perfumed plants, especially near seating areas and entrances and we left some space for the owners to do some of their own annual planting.


Finally we added underwater lights to the pond to provide a focal point in the garden at night.



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