5 of the Best Before and After UK Garden Transformations
Be inspired by the dramatic makeovers these gardens have had, and get ideas on how to boost your own outside space
This garden, which stretches in a narrow rectangle across the front of an urban mews house, had been a space of two halves – one for sitting in, and one to park the car in – and plants weren’t exactly abundant. “It was like being at the side of a car park,” says Georgia Lindsay of Georgia Lindsay Garden Design.
Lindsay pulled it off beautifully, creating an inviting outdoor living room that ticks all the owners’ boxes.
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Jenny Bloom of Jenny Bloom Garden Design had her work cut out for her when she took on the transformation of this 54-square-metre garden in London, UK.
The unloved, bare yard spread across three different levels and was a mixture of drab paving slabs and concrete. “There was nothing to redeem it,” says Bloom.
The owners wanted a contemporary, low-maintenance entertaining space with an outdoor kitchen.
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As is often the case, this patch in Hampshire, UK, was the last thing the homeowners got to after renovating their Victorian townhouse.
“It was a dumping ground during the works – there was broken paving, no lawn and overgrown plants. We took everything out and started again,” says Neil Jones of Neil Jones Design.
As well as space for entertaining, the owners requested more privacy, with tall screening at the back of the garden. “I designed this slatted fence and painted it black,” says Jones. “The horizontal lines help to make the garden feel wider and the recessive black colour visually elongates the space.”
The couple were keen on a colour scheme of pink, purple and white for the flowers. Jones planted scented varieties, such as jasmine and lavender, and added euphorbia for a spike of lime green.
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“The garden was a bit of a bombsite,” says Fiona Green of Green Tree Garden Design of this plot in Hertfordshire, UK. The owner had made a start on the garden, but needed help to create the exotic, jungle-inspired haven he longed for.
Planting includes a Dicksonia antarctica – an evergreen tree fern, seen here in the terracotta pot – as well as the big-leaved Fatsia japonica and the perennial grass Panicum virgatum. Between the planting, a reclaimed brick path leads to a tranquil little outdoor seating area at the end.
This garden, at the rear of an Edwardian house in south London, UK, was very overgrown, as this view – looking from the house – shows.
Designer Tom Howard of Tom Howard Garden Design and Landscaping was tasked with transforming the messy plot into an easy-to-maintain space where the owner could both entertain and relax.
However, the owner asked that he didn’t disturb the established tree seen in this image, or one on the other side, the top of which is just visible on the left.
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