Hyde ValeAsian Garden, London
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Step overThe water feature in this garden is a beautiful element that helps to create a journey from the front to the back of the space.Designer John Davies used the full width of the plot to create a shallow pond, with stepping stones that slow your pace as you walk from the house to the seating area at the back. “I wanted to make a dramatic gesture, but didn’t want it to take up too much space,” he explains.If you’re considering a design like this for your garden, a bank of pebbles at one corner will ensure easy access for wildlife in and out of the water. Take a peek around this beautiful oasis in the middle of the city.
Slow your journeyThis small garden has been broken up into subtle zones to make the area look slightly bigger. The designer’s aim was to create a journey through the space, which is helped by the incorporation of a pond. The stepping stones encourage you to walk slowly across the water, while the variation of materials in each zone creates different atmospheres as you move through the garden.Discover how a small London backyard became a beautiful oasis.