From start to finish

Border planting
Finished garden
Before tree house
Completed tree house
Tree house
Plant trellis
Shaded Corner
Lower Terrace
Hot tub

Large Garden with Treehouse, Beckenham


This home in Beckenham had had an entire home renovation, including digging out the basement to create a lower terrace with a hot tub and raised dining terrace.

The Brief & Design Concept

The brief was for a large family garden that incorporated ample room for play, flowers and growing vegetables. This included:

  • A large level lawn for the three boys to play football.
  • Screening of the neighbour’s fence for interest, which was long and tedious.
  • An area at the back of the garden to grow vegetables and flowers.
  • More privacy in the raised terrace area.
  • The addition of a treehouse.

The Process

To achieve this vision, we went through the following steps:

  • We graded (levelled) the lawn area with tons of topsoil: 260m2 of turf was laid, then watered.
  • We devised a large swath of planting to the left-hand side of the garden to draw the eye away from the fence.
  • We planted up the long flower border and terrace planters in late spring and added irrigation to ensure the planting would flourish over the hot, dry summers.
  • A fantastic treehouse was created by Root and Shoot, who are based in Forest Hill.
  • We set aside the orchard area as a wildflower meadow.