From the drawing board: Terrace redesign in Wandsworth 2 years on

4 Written by Lisa on 15th Aug 2013 in From the drawing board

Wandsworth garden design by Lisa Cox

I went to visit my client in Wandsworth earlier this week and the terrace was looking great – the planting has filled out now and it looks as though it’s always been there.

You may remember me blogging about it when the project was in progress – I redesigned the terrace area for them to help link their new extension to the rest of the garden.

Here’s a reminder of how it looked before…

Wandsworth garden design before picture Lisa Cox

Wandsworth terrace design before picture Lisa Cox Designs

Wandsworth garden before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

It’s a bit difficult to see what it was like because of the building materials, but there were some awkward corners and a couple of ugly walls to hide as well as a dog-leg return at the side where planning restrictions prevented them from building.

The design was structured to make the terrace an area in its own right but also the connecting space between the house and the rest of the garden.  Here’s a reminder of the design sketch…

Sketch of Terrace

And here are a few images of how it looks now…

Wansworth terrace by Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Wandsworth rear terrace Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The timber raised beds serve as a barrier but also provide softness and structure around the terrace.

Planting around terrace Wandsworth garden design Lisa Cox

My clients wanted the emphasis to be on the foliage of the plants rather than the flowers so the ferns and heuchera give interest all year round.

Sophisticated terrace for a London Town House Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The lounge furniture has a contemporary feel to it, which ties in perfectly with the interior of the house.

Rear terrace design in Wandsworth Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The horizontal contemporary trellis screens hide the ugly wall behind and provide a backdrop for the shrubs planted in the raised beds.

The York stone terrace was existing so other than building a threshold step to the house and a set of steps out onto the lawn, this remained unchanged.

New terrace area Wandsworth Town House Lisa Cox Garden Designs

It’s great to go back and see gardens when they’ve had chance to mature.  They look good immediately after planting, but you never quite get the full effect until everything’s filled out.


(Images: Lisa Cox)



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4 Responses to “From the drawing board: Terrace redesign in Wandsworth 2 years on”

  1. The planting looks lovely now it has filled out, and the Heucheras blend well with the Acers in the pots. That woodwork looks lovely now too, – well done.

  2. Lisa Cox says:

    Thanks Claire – amazing how much it’s filled out since last year…feels like a proper garden now!

  3. Alexa says:

    The garden looks wonderful – can you tell me what type of tree is in the last image on the right handside of the frame please. It looks like a multi stem of some sort – you show it quite clearly in your sketch.
    Many thanks 🙂

  4. Lisa says:

    Thanks Alexa. It’s an Acer Griseum. It has amazing copper peeling bark which looks fabulous when it catches the light, especially in Winter.

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