This pergola bench bed, is the centre piece of this contemporary garden. The raised bed was a single pour concrete shuttered job, with the steel supports for the floating bench set during the pour. The seat is of larch timber, as is the pergola. The paving is Saigon blue limestone with silver granite cobbles as […]
Decorative gravel comes in numerous colours, shapes, and sizes. It can provide many functions in the garden, from mulch for beds to mask a weed fabric, pathways, driveways etc.
The benefits when using as a hard surface for traffic (foot or vehicle) are it’s low cost, ease of fitting and removal, lack of maintenance, and often overlooked, security- foot traffic can be heard.
The drawbacks are, it can drift, more difficult for the young and old to walk on, leaf clearance can also be an issue if using a rake.
If using gravel for a pathway, choose a stone that has jagged edges and not a washed beach pebble with rounded edges, as the smooth edges allow the stone to slip under foot. Also the gauge, or width, of the stone must be considered, as a very small gauge or large will not get stuck in the soles of shoes
With no side entrance, the owners needed a secure bicycle storage solution in the front of the house.
This project was designed on paper with the clients, and uses perfect arcs for each area in the garden. This use of strong geometric shape keeps the viewer’s eye on the floor of the space and leads them to the specimen plants of Tree fern and Japanese maple.