A Natural Family Garden

A blank canvas transformed into a bee-friendly, natural family garden in North Somerset


This garden was a complete blank canvas when we first arrived, a basic new build patio with a lumpy clay soil area left bare.

The first job was to pull up the existing concrete patio and path and create a suitable hardcore base for the new patio. A Lapitur Yellow riven sandstone slab was the paving of choice, with the patio coming off the patio doors of the house. A red reclaimed brick edge was placed around the edge of the patio. The red brick continues around the garden and incorporates into the smaller seating area at the far end of the garden. The smaller seating area is the perfect breakfast spot in the summer as it gets the morning sun. The larger patio is the best for afternoon/ evening seating, so all bases are covered in this garden.

A raised bed planter was built on the right-hand side and soil prepared for the new plants to arrive. The planting consists of bee-friendly flowers, grasses, ferns, evergreen shrubs, climbers, herbs, vegetables and a lovely espalier apple tree that is strung to wires that were fitted to the garage wall.

The garden was rotavated and clean gravel and sand mixed into the soil to try to aid the drainage in the very clay soil. Once the soil was levelled off the garden was turfed to give it an instant transformation. To complete the look of the garden a bin store was built to hide away all waste bins and all the fences were painted in a Silver Copse fence paint. This colour really makes all the planting stand out.

With the addition of some comfortable outdoor furniture, BBQ and lighting and the garden is set! 

The paving and red brick continue into the front garden with a red brick raised planter and two sleeper planters filled with ornamental grasses and spring bulbs. The voids of the front garden have been covered in a Cotswold stone gravel which was laid on top of weed control. The front garden is finished off with an apple tree to the front and two olives trees either side of the front door.

A lovely low maintenance plant-filled front garden to welcome you home.


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