Make a small garden in London exactly what you want
Garden space in London is at an absolute premium, so it is vital to ensure that you gain the most benefit from that space. To do this, spend a bit of time considering the following points:
- How much time do you spend in the garden?
- How do you spend that time? For example, do you want to sit and enjoy the sun with a glass of wine, or do you have a yen to grow as much as possible of your own herbs, fruit or vegetables?
- Do you want to have a garden rich in colour and scent, or one that offers a more subtle variety of foliage?
- Do you want to attract birds, bees and butterflies?
- Do you want “easy maintenance” (that is, mostly paving slabs and gravel), something that involves a bit of work, or do you want to really get your hands dirty?
- What kind of budget do you have?
- How much sun does your garden get, especially in winter?
- What can you do to create more privacy or security?
The answers to these questions will give a reasonable pointer to the kind of garden you want. If you want to grow some herbs or salad, for instance, then containers may be the answer. If you are handy with DIY, then it is relatively easy and inexpensive to knock together a number of wooden containers of a size that suits your garden. Plants like lettuce or coriander can be planted from seed at intervals throughout the year, so that you have a regular supply. Don’t make the mistake of planting the whole packet in one go!
For many people in London, it is important to have some kind of screening to give extra privacy from neighbours. A simple trellis can work in this case, especially if it is planted with quick growing plants such as clematis. If security is more of an issue, then the climbers could be thorny roses or pyracantha, both of which act as a deterrent against unwanted visitors.
If your main aim is to have a pleasant spot to sit out with a glass of wine, then a mxture of a few evergreen shrubs (hebes are easily grown and tend not to become too straggly), a paved or gravelled patio area and some decorative pots planted with annuals bedding plants would be the answer to your beautiful garden.