Long architectural garden Richmond

Narrow sloping garden in Conservation area.

To create a stylish and inviting garden for entertaining, on different levels, to incorporate both dining and lounging and embrace traditional features, boundaries and surrounding area.


Existing concrete form in garden, long narrow and sloping site. Clay. Overlooked by neighbours.

Design Response:

The garden is divided into three areas to alleviate long narrow feel. The first area relates to interior with level flooring and consideration of door opening and internal furniture layout, whereas the previous garden had a long narrow slope leading to the upper level. We sought to create bold and feature steps and did this with 600mm treads to get to upper level more quickly whilst retaining the steps as a feature. We created a simple area for occasional seating, embracing the rustic London stock wall, installing two bespoke water features, off-the-shelf garden furniture, pebbled tile detail in the floor and opted for striking boxhead trees for an elegant and striking yet calming feel.

Where this section ended we built two London stock brick piers in a style to match brick walls elsewhere and erected reclaimed French château gates our client had sourced from a trip abroad. This split the upper section in half, creating different zones with their own planting style, yet gave a good view through of the whole garden.

“The team at Harrington Porter have exceptional design ideas for stunning modern gardens. Chris works closely with his clients to deliver their vision for the perfect garden space. Would recommend this company to anyone looking for an innovative garden design. ”

The garden incorporates the clients love of art and sculpture. None more so than with the feature piece at the end of the garden, that serves as a focal point for the whole project. The garden picks up on all the natural elements existing in the garden already and both traditional and contemporary materials are blended. Natural Iroko trellis, British Yorkstone Buxus hedging, pleached and boxhead trees and varied looser perennial planting in the final section.

There is an automated watering featuring and extensive remote control lighting connected to the internal switch set up within the house.

Concept visuals

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