the edwards gardenContemporary Garden, London

Photo of a contemporary back garden in London with decking and a raised bed. —  Houzz
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Native Landscape Design wrote:8 Oct 2014
  • Evelyn Harvie
    I really like the raised beds, what are they made from?
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    Landscape Design by James Brunton-Smith Limited

    Hi There Evelyn, many thanks for your comment. The raised planters in this garden are constructed from 215mm wide hollow concrete blocks backfilled with a lean mix concrete and rendered with a pigmented render system (eg: K-REND). We tank the internal walls with a bituminous paint and backfill with soil/compost mixture

pinktone wrote:5 Feb 2015
  • pinktone
    Hi, thanks very much. I am extremely grateful. Just got a few concerns about the rendered raised beds which I'd like to flank the patio - and it would reassure me to speak to someone like yourself with expert knowledge. I'll wait until you're back from holiday and will then ring the office and ask for yourself. Is it James? Kind regards, Stuart
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    Landscape Design by James Brunton-Smith Limited
    Hi Stuart - no problem, I look forward to your call. Regards James
noellean wrote:18 Jul 2019
lizcshouse wrote:17 Jul 2017
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    Landscape Design by James Brunton-Smith Limited

    The pergola was actually constructed using a treated softwood that has been stained lightly to tone the colour. We have used a red cedar in this dimension (150x150mm) once before but as you point out the difficulty comes in sourcing it.

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linda_ambrose57 added this to Garden25 Aug 2019

Circular flowerbed at end of raised bed

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