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From the drawing board: The finished front garden in North London

5 Written by Lisa on 11th Feb 2014 in From the drawing board

It’s been a while since I blogged about this project.  We had a couple of challenges with the build phase of the project which held things up a bit, but apart from a drain cover that’s being made to order, the garden is now finished.

Front garden in Muswell Hill after redesign Lisa Cox Designs

I went up last week to check on the planting and to take some pictures so I thought it would be nice to share them here.  It obviously needs some time to fill out, but already the spring bulbs are starting to poke through the soil and I’m looking forward to seeing it unfold over the next few months.

Here’s a reminder of how it looked when I first met my clients, Elizabeth & Ken.  It was tired and unloved and they wanted a front garden that made them love their home again.

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The design had to be simple and practical but I wanted the view from their lounge window to be good and the tree is very much integral to the design.

Concept Design Muswell Hill Lisa Cox Garden Designs


Concept sketch Muswell Hill Lisa Cox Garden Designs

There’s a limit of course as to what you can do with the layout of a small front garden that needs to accommodate a car, but I hope you’ll agree that it now looks smart, tidy and welcoming.

North London front garden after construction Lisa Cox Designs

We used a sawn York stone for the paved areas and had special bull-nose treads made for the new steps which look really classy.  Sawn York is such a beautiful stone, it looks like velvet when it’s first laid.

The edges are original Victorian edging tiles that we saved from the previous driveway.  Some had been completely buried so we were intially concerned that there wouldn’t be enough.  But they cleaned up brilliantly and look as good as new now.

Victorian driveway edging Lisa Cox Garden Designs

If you read my blog regularly you’ll know that I use Horcott gravel quite regularly.  It’s not that I’m not innovative with the materials I use, but it’s a great material when budget is restricted as it looks great, is permeable and creates a very stable driveway.

Front garden design Muswell Hill Lisa Cox

The tiered hedge on the left hand side of the garden needs some time to fill out but I hope you can visualise how it will look eventually.

Planting in North London front garden Lisa Cox Designs

Carex in North London front garden Lisa Cox Designs

The bed on the other side of the garden is designed to provide interest all year round, with predominatly evergreen plants and a beautiful multi-stem amelanchier which I can’t wait to see when the blossom arrives.

I’d love to know what you think? I’m really pleased with the finished garden and thankfully so are Elizabeth and Ken!


(Images: Lisa Cox)


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