Gaudi mosaic bench

The brief was to change a play-garden for children into a space for adults and teens to relaxing/ entertain. This was a self-build project and I've been worked alongside the homeowners for almost three years as they develop their garden in stages. Self-build and staged delivery are two of the unique services I offer as part of my flexible process. Features include two low-maintenance shrub/ perennial beds (one gold/ purple, the other magenta/ silver), a sunbathing lawn and small 'grow your own' area. The showpiece is a 6m curved concrete bench, with a mosaic designed and laid by me... and the family.

 

INNOVATION: Complex curved shuttering used for concrete-pour, to make the bench.

Click here for mood board and planting plan.

Mosaic bench
Mosaic bench

Complex shape built with shuttering, and poured concrete.

Social curves
Social curves

Bench curves around a table/ firepit.

Retaining wall
Retaining wall

Bench tapers to become retaining wall for flower bed.

A garden path
A garden path

Paths are made with resin bonded aggregate (Sureset)

Spring plants
Spring plants

Low maintenance gravel: moisture stays in weeds stay out.

Purple & gold theme
Purple & gold theme

Plants are drought tolerant and good for pollinators.

Mosaic design
Mosaic design

The paper design, measured out onto the bench.

Grow your own.
Grow your own.

A cordon pear is a focal point between sleeper beds.

Bench for eighteen
Bench for eighteen

Bench can seat the whole family.

Garden before

BEFORE
BEFORE

Clutter of kids toys and sheds, rough lawn.

BEFORE
BEFORE

Wet underfoot all year. Little visual interest, few plants.

DURING
DURING

Shed removed. Bench will go here!