patio and raised beds

Patio and Brick Raised Beds, Bromley, Kent

Rotting wooden raised beds gave Plews the opportunity to rethink the garden design and make it more relevant to our client’s change in lifestyle. This included building brick raised beds in a new layout.

This garden design brief required:

  • an easier to maintain garden
  • more space for entertaining
  • replacing some fencing in poor repair
  • new easy maintenance planting, with interest for different seasons
  • more formality in the overall garden design
  • new electricity supply

Creation of the Garden Design – Landscaping

Removing the old oak sleeper raised beds gave us the opportunity to make full use of the garden’s width. It is unusual for oak sleepers to rot like this so quickly (they had been in for about fifteen years). However, as we hadn’t created and built the previous garden design, we didn’t know from where they had been sourced.

Some of the garden fences also needed replacing due to damage over the years. Here we simply replaced like for like where new fencing was required. Although this can sometimes lead to a patchwork effect, as the fences were to be covered with climbing plants, they would soon all match in with the existing garden fencing.

The pavers chosen for the new and extended patio had a riven finish not unlike York stone. As they were stylish and formal but not ‘urban chic’, the choice was sympathetic to the surrounding naturalness of wooded areas on two sides of the garden whilst still meeting the client’s wish for greater neatness in the garden design.

The patio itself was virtually doubled in size, to give an increased entertaining area. To prevent this from feeling overwhelming, a path of toning pavers led through the middle of the patio, between the brick raised beds and to the lawn beyond. Brick edging to match the raised beds outlined the patio.


Planting Scheme

Cosy cottage garden planting was replaced with a more formal garden style. The brick raised beds were planted up with box topiary and spring flowering bulbs; white tulips and narcissus. These would be followed later in the season with summer flowering bulbs, then white cyclamen for winter.


Landscaping – Electricity in the Garden

Foxes had played havoc with the external electrics so we had to renew all of the lighting and water feature fixtures. This involved digging trenches in order to lay new cabling to all parts of the garden that were going to need light and power.

The addition of stylish, adjustable lights in the brick raised beds set off the topiary and added extra lighting to the ambient lights surrounding the new seating area.