Welsh Slate Patio in conservation area, London

Welsh slate patio, conservation area, plews garden design, London

An existing ‘gardening lessons’ client in London wanted his rear garden re- designed and a Welsh slate patio became the stylish result.

This garden design brief required:

  • a new, stylish patio
  • re-organising the existing space
  • new garden design had to meet conservation area guidelines
  • room to add more plants in pots

This Welsh slate patio was created to complement a Victorian garden in a conservation area in London. The overall garden design gives new life to a budding plantsman’s garden, by using sympathetic patio materials that provide a framework for the increasing and interesting plant collection.


Creation of the Garden Design – Landscaping

We decided that slate for the new patio was the correct material to give a complete change of ‘look’ and still be in keeping with the Victorian surroundings.

Welsh slate rather than imported slate was selected, as a sympathetic and stylish response to the demands of a conservation area. This paving material complemented the original Welsh slate roof and was a regular choice in the nineteenth century.

Welsh slate, in this case a dark purple slate from North Wales, was chosen to match in with the purple-black pebbles which were renewed to provide a fresh look to the rest of the garden.

The rich dark purples and blacks of the hard landscaping – Welsh slate, pebbles and the edging bricks for the patio – form an effective foil to the lush planting in the flower borders and over the pergola.

We were able to sort out an existing manhole cover and ‘hide it’ within the new Welsh slate patio to give a smooth surface; creating a patio fit to dance a tango on should you want to!



A Staged Garden Design and Landscaping Project

This patio was part of a staged design and landscaping project. See here for the fencing and new gate and new Welsh slate path elements of this garden design in a conservation area.


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