sgd finalist 2022

Surbiton – Family Garden with Mediterranean Inspiration

About This Project

This suburban oasis in the serene neighbourhood of Surbiton, London, beautifully marries modern aesthetics with flowing curves. The owners, a young family and professional couple, sought a versatile space that served both adults and children, with ample storage and a garden building adaptable as a gym and an office. Inspired by their love for the Mediterranean, they requested the vibrant colours and feel of this sunny climate be mirrored in the garden’s flora.

We carefully crafted the garden building to echo the modern, glass-filled extension of their home. This multi-purpose space boasts extensive storage and expansive glass panels, bathing it in light.

Separating the central area enabled to successfully incorporate a pergola on one side, with the building’s overhanging roof ideally suited for covering an outdoor cooking zone. The pergola provides entertaining and dining space, strategically positioned for overseeing the children’s play area.

Adjacent to the house, an existing terrace level with the indoor space offers an additional relaxation spot, enhanced by a lush wall verdant with shade-loving plants.

A winding path, gently illuminated by low-level lighting, guides the eye through the garden. We used warm-toned clay pavers, arranged at an angle, their texture blending seamlessly with the raised corten beds.

The garden’s dominant colour scheme of purples/blues and light pinks is periodically interrupted by vibrant orange hues, courtesy of Kniphofia ‘Mango Popsicle’ and Achillea ‘Terracotta’. These pops of colour evoke the warmth of the Mediterranean climate.

The garden also features prostrate rosemary and creeping thyme, offering a fragrant layer to the planting and a fresh supply of kitchen herbs. Espaliered apple and pear trees soften the boundary fence, while pink Trachelospermum asiaticum, over time, will provide added privacy for the dining area. Italian cypress spires, separate the play area from the lawn, nodding to the Mediterranean.

Completing the scheme is a gleaming water feature, playfully reflecting the sky and positioned at the convergence of garden elements, adding a touch of light and whimsy.

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