Small Garden Design
Lawn with Stepping Stone Path
This gorgeous but amazingly simple small garden design was completed this year for a garden in west Dublin and transformed a small unattractive space into a wonderful garden to be enjoyed all year around. The garden was quite small and an unusual shape at just over 10m at its longest by nearly 6m wide. The existing garden was finished in rough earth after works on an extension to the house had been completed and the garden needed a major upgrade to compliment the new extension.
The new design is based on a circular theme with two overlapping circles interconnected to a semi-circular patio. The design uses structure to create interest and also to soften the garden. The patio is finished in tumbled yellow limestone, which adds to the softening effect and is complimented by yellow limestone cobbles which edge the lawn and patio.
Interest is added to the small circular lawn with a stepping stone path which hugs the curve of the lawn and leads to a natural rock water feature set in a bed of Scottish cobbles near the end of the garden.
Rock Water Feature
The lawn and patio are surrounded by borders filled with plants which on maturity will fill the garden with colour and give the garden a feeling of enclosure. All surrounding walls were plastered and painted white to reflect as much light as possible back into this lovely garden.
Garden Before New Garden Design
Family Garden Design
This garden design aimed to maximise the space in the centre of the garden for future children’s play space and equipment whilst at the same time softening the exterior of the garden and incorporating some nice features.
The existing garden was mainly a large rectangular lawn with just a few trees and a new shed located in the corner of the garden. We aimed to soften the edges by curving the flower beds and creating a number of features within the garden based on a circle theme.
The old apple tree in the garden was nicely enhanced by encircling it beautifully in a ring of cobbles created
Pebble Design Around Old Apple Tree
in a radiating pattern of Scottish cobbles. The other existing feature within the current garden which we wanted to retain was an old granite seat . We transformed it into a lovely focal point, with a wooden chunky Pergola overhanging the existing seat and the creation of two semi-circles of stone around the seat, the inner circle finished in Egyptian limestone and the outer circle in complementary granite cobbles.
A third circular feature was created at the end of the garden where a circular patio with a difference was created . The patio was cut in a radial pattern from Egyptian limestone and mixed with two rings of oatmeal granite cobbles to give it an overall softer appearance. This patio was then backed up by a low semi-circular wall made from granite to match the granite seat nearest the house.
A new lawn starts off nearest the patio adjacent to the house and becomes softer nearer the end of the garden where it curves around the new circular patio and existing shed. The paving material used in the existing patio was Egyptian limestone and we used this to link the patio to the new semi circles of stone around the existing granite seat and then to lead down to the end of the garden to the new circular patio via a set of random stepping-stones. We also use the complementary granite cobble to edge the lawn to help with overall maintenance.
Borders were created around the garden to allow planting to soften the boundaries. The planting within
Old Granite Bench with Pergola
the design contains some lovely feature trees, including Japanese Maples and a selection of shrubs and perennials incorporating a good percentage of evergreen species to ensure that the garden is attractive in the winter. The planting uses some lovely maroon / reddish tones both within the foliage colour and in the flowers to match the decor in the main living areas of the house looking out over the garden.
Beautifully designed and planted by Garden Design Dublin and expertly constructed by Think Outside.ie
This contemporary garden design was completed this year for a garden in Dalkey, Co Dublin. The garden was not large and already had a generous paved area, a lawn at a higher level supported by a low wall and a border at the back of the garden supported by another wall. The rear boundary wall however, was the biggest problem as it was constructed from a mix of materials from concrete blocks, to natural rock and timber fencing and as it was, it would never provide a good back drop to any new garden design. In such a small garden the backdrop is very important and has to be addressed.
Stepping Stone Path
We used limestone walling to face both this rear wall and both raised walls within the garden, which due to its rich grey colour complimented beautifully the existing finish on the modern garden building located in the corner. In order to completely finish the wall to the same height as the previous fencing, we then capped the wall with bangkirai wooden laths which also has wonderful depth of colour and compliments the limestone.
We then focused attention into the garden by creating a pattern of granite paving slabs forming a contemporary version of a stepping stone path from the top of the steps to a small new patio located in the corner of the lawn.
The lawn itself was framed by continuing the granite, in the form of cobbles around the outside and edging
the flower beds to the sides and fore of the garden. To finish the garden design, we came up with a beautiful planting scheme which enhanced the structure of the garden with more formal detail including box hedging and box balls nearest the main patio and a more relaxed mixed arrangement of planting in the border at the end of the garden.
Beautifully designed by Garden Design Dublin and expertly construction by Davidstown Contracting & Landscaping
Formal Period Front Garden Design
This wonderful new front garden design located in south county Dublin is a wonderful addition to this period mid terrace home, adding to the gorgeous frontage of the house and giving it great kerb appeal. The garden design is structured and in tune with the period design of this residential area.
It features a granite cobble edged path leading from the gate to the front door with the grey granite slabs set in a diamond pattern and borders on each side of the path filled with lavender. The path links to a formal garden featuring a central hexagonal border containing one feature standard piece of topiary under
Diamond Pattern Granite Garden Path
planted with roses. A matching hexagonal path encircles the central border with a finish of white beach cobbles set in cement nearest the centre and borders filling the remaining space between the path and the boundaries.
The structural planting, including topiary box balls, grasses and perennials with a few select shrubs finishes this garden to give just the right amount of formality to make sure that the garden looks great all year around even in the winter. The existing maple near the front wall was the only planting retained from the previous garden to maintain some privacy from the roadside and was matched by another japanese
Formal Front Garden Design
maple planted in the other corner adjacent to the road.
The bane of so many front gardens are wheelie bins which must be stored somewhere accessible for easy transfer to the roadside each week. In this garden the wheelie bins are stored in a custom-built wooden container settled adjacent to the front wall of the garden which will be painted dark grey to help it recede into the background. When the planting matures it will also be screened by some shrubs to the fore and the mature Japanese maple. The unit has a hinged top roof and two front doors to allow for ease of access and manoeuvrability and is accessible by the grey granite cobble path linking to the central gravel paths.
Beautifully designed and planted by Garden Design Dublin and expertly constructed by Think Outside.