The garden in episode five of Love Your Garden was marvellous. I found working on this particularly delightful because there was so much going on. We put down so many different surfaces in that garden and it was such a large space.
Admittedly, it was quite hard work getting all the product through the narrow alleyway from the front of the house into the back garden. But once that was done, it really paid off.
There are so many different types of area and surface that you can create in a garden. It doesn’t just have to be a lawn and some flower borders.
In this garden we seemed to have everything imaginable. We had plenty of sections for planting with side beds, raised beds and a level of thin beds along the outside of the garden. The latter were perfect filled with climbers so we could cover the fences.
We also had a paved area down by the summerhouse using Bradstone's Liscia in Cream. This was perfect because it gave the family a second seating area. Creating lots of space for outdoor living means you can follow the sun around the use different places throughout the day.
For example, if the sun shines by the back of the house in the morning and at the end of the garden in the evening, there is no reason why you can’t have two patios. Then you can enjoy the garden at any time.
We also created a sizeable decking area with composite decking. It was a massive project and seemed to take forever to build. But it looked great when it was finished! Decking is ideal if you have changes in level in your garden because you can use a timber frame underneath to lift the deck up. This area was ideal for entertaining and we fitted it with an outdoor kitchen too.
But the surfaces didn't finish there! We also put in a walk around path with gravel and aggregate using Bradstone's Mellow Cotswold 20mm stone. This path leads around the garden, linking the different areas and creating a journey through the space.
In the centre, Alan built a raised pond. This made the perfect central focal point.
The aggregate also links the different parts of the garden. I love using aggregate because there are so many types available, from gold colours to slate and red crushed aggregate too.