The Brief
This small back garden (owned by the same client who won the award for Wokingham Best Front Garden), was already nicely planted on the left hand side, however each summer, the paddling pool left the lawn in a sorry state. The right hand side had a shed and mature laurels which made planting difficult, unless appropriate planting was selected. Part of the brief was to come up with a solution allowing the paddling pool to have its own space when required at least for a couple more years until it was no longer required, and bring further interest to the right of the garden.

The New Design
The right hand side of the garden was changed to provide a gravel path, including some planting in gravel, leading through an arch in front of the shed. Here the gravel changed to a blockwork path under the arch and lead on to the lawn. The route to an existing tree seat subtly block by tall pieces of driftwood, detouring the journey to the seat. A new planting bed to the left of the arch, brought a central focal point and the Cotinus (Smoke Bush) brought height screening part of the garden behind. For the next couple of years, the paddling pool could be laid out on a base of old carpet in the gravel area, which could later be further planted when the paddling pool had been outgrown.

Thanks to the careful maintenance by its owners, this back garden has also now won an award for 2nd place in the Wokingham Back Garden Competition. See More Back Gardens

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The beautiful existing Acer Aurea lights up the garden.

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The new central bed subtly divides part of the garden.

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The new pathway links to the existing gravel area with a seat built around
the Acer Campestre.

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A block path turns under the arch leads on to the new gravel area..

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Before.