The brief was to turn a cluttered, unsafe and waterlogged sideway into an accessible, easy-maintenance garden. This path is the only access to the back garden, shed and greenhouse, so an all-weather route was important to the not-so-youthful owners. Water-butts were moved to the other side if the house. A raised bed and riven natural stone paving create a level non-slip walkway. The low maintenance planting has an evergreen backbone, year round flowers and plants tolerate the shade.
INNOVATION. Using a raised bed to change the drainage fall.
Natural stone is a riven, slip-proof surface.
Clematis clothes fence in flowers. Year round planting below.
Fall drains into base of raised sleeper bed.
Water butts block alley and back door.
Dangerous: waterlogged, slippery and overgrown.
Leveling path with raised bed and drainage.