From start to finish

Small back garden in Beckenham

Modern Garden Makeover- Shortlands, Bromley


The owners of this Edwardian property with a modern refurbishment were eager to bring their open aspect, North facing garden in line with the rest of their home.

The Brief

The retired clients wanted to create a place for relaxing, entertaining friends and playing with their grandchildren. The existing patio adjacent to the kitchen was too narrow to be practical, so extending it was top of the wish-list. The next thing to tackle was the Garden Room which required access via an all-weather path, this would also become a solution to replace most of the lawn which was very boggy and problematic.

Design & Process

We used a wide and sinuous path to draw the eye out through huge glazed back wall of the living space into and up through the garden. Creating a pleasing view, as well as a practical solution to access the garden room. We also used feature multi-stem trees, with their height directing the eye gradually through the space to make it seem wider. The same visual trick was created with the cedar baton screen, which not only screens the view of the ugly garage but hides the additional seating area, creating intrigue in the space. And a cozy inviting space to enjoy the evening sun with a glass of wine, accompanied by the trickling sound of the water feature adding to the feeling of relaxation.

To give the feeling of being in a cottage-style garden, a requirement of the brief; we chose planting and bulbs that will give seasonal interest, adding colour and promoting wild-life habitats through the year.


‘’We absolutely love our new garden. It has been so good getting advice about what to plant as our garden is North facing. My husband and I were a bit clueless, and in the past have wasted money planting plants that were just not suitable.

It has been such fun watching the flowers and plants emerge each season and it has brought us great joy.

Carole listened to what we wanted and designed the small garden appropriately. I would certainly recommend Carole and the expert advice is invaluable. Thank you’’

Kathy Doolan