Welsh Slate Patio and Path, Conservation Area, London

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

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

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.

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!

This conservation area garden needed more than just a patio, so we added a Welsh slate garden path, garden fences and gate

The new Welsh slate path followed the depth of the house, running from the front gate right through to the Welsh slate patio at the rear. The path widened by the gate to allow room for recycling boxes. Along the majority of its length, the slate path lay adjacent to a new border. More space for more plants for a plant enthusiast client!

Being in a conservation area, we had various design discussions about the aesthetics and practicalities of extending the existing front garden brick wall, which we believed to be original to the cottage.
However, it was decided to leave the brick wall as it was and to replace the modern but rusty metal gate with a new wooden picket gate and matching posts. Picket fencing is sometimes called palisade fencing.

A new garden fence was needed in the rear garden. The fencing chosen was six foot high hazel hurdles, fixed between wooden posts. More usually found in rustic garden designs, this style of garden fencing works well with the cottage garden planting in this smaller suburban garden.

The hazel hurdles, sourced locally from Sussex, gave privacy whilst still allowing light through; both important to our client. With an added bonus that the loose weave provides support for climbers such as Clematis.