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Terraced Gravel Garden

This small garden had an uninspiring sloping area of grass with a tiny patio.  The client wanted to extend the paving area and have lots of planting to soften the space. Sleepers were used to create small stepped terraces with a contrast between buff gravel and rounded Scottish cobbles & pebbles creating contrast and reducing maintenance of the planted areas.

 

Project Year: 2019

Project Cost: £5,000 - £9,999

Country: United Kingdom

Area: Frome

 Planting through gravel really reduces maintenance. A geotextile membrane is used beneath the gravel to stop weeds pushing through and the gravel reduces the moisture lost from the soil. A small bistro table at the top of the garden allows enjoyment from a different angle.

Planting through gravel really reduces maintenance. A geotextile membrane is used beneath the gravel to stop weeds pushing through and the gravel reduces the moisture lost from the soil. A small bistro table at the top of the garden allows enjoyment from a different angle.

 Sandstone setts are used to create a simple line, emphasising the route up the steps to the top of the garden. By just using single edging lines the cost is greatly reduced and the path becomes a less emphatic feature.

Sandstone setts are used to create a simple line, emphasising the route up the steps to the top of the garden. By just using single edging lines the cost is greatly reduced and the path becomes a less emphatic feature.

 Treated softwood sleepers are used to create terraced levels. An inexpensive material and easy to use, they also create a very soft effect. The return details around the steps take this design up a level from just simple straight lines.

Treated softwood sleepers are used to create terraced levels. An inexpensive material and easy to use, they also create a very soft effect. The return details around the steps take this design up a level from just simple straight lines.

 The use of Scottish cobbles & pebbles to mulch the border to the side creates a contrast with the buff gravel, lifting the planting and creating a beautiful feature in its own right.

The use of Scottish cobbles & pebbles to mulch the border to the side creates a contrast with the buff gravel, lifting the planting and creating a beautiful feature in its own right.

 Golden fossil sandstone paving provides a generous seating area just outside the house, from which the client can now site and enjoy the garden. The different levels add to the interest from this viewpoint.

Golden fossil sandstone paving provides a generous seating area just outside the house, from which the client can now site and enjoy the garden. The different levels add to the interest from this viewpoint.