Elegant Gravel Garden, Menston

“The planting scheme is beautiful and I can’t wait to see how the garden blossoms”

R & I F, 2017

Garden design on a small scale

You don’t need a huge garden with sweeping lawns and mature trees to make a beautiful statement. Here we transformed a modest space to give lasting pleasure to the home owners and visitors too.

This front garden was an uninspiring lawn with a mass-produced slab path. It felt unloved and fell far below the quality of the clients’ home. We knew it had to work with a busy modern life so we embedded low maintenance throughout. We replaced the grass with honeyed gravel and dotted it with plants that pretty much look after themselves.


Harmonise garden palette and structure with the architecture

We knew we needed a restrained concept for such a small area, one that didn’t fight with the beautiful stone of the house and walls. The crisp structure of our design echoes the precise stonework of the door and window jambs. Our palette blends with and gently enlivens the warmth of the stone and painted woodwork. Yet our garden also had to have interest and expressive vitality. Harmonise garden palette and structure with the architecture.


Using architectural plants to animate a garden

To animate this golden space, we selected the delicate architectural forms of the silver blue thistle (eryngium) and the dark purple of the spikes of salvia flowers. For the star of the whole design we selected the trembling, magnificent wine- red foliage of the Acer tree. Together these bring the space to life without crowding, allowing the minimalist planes of the house to form the ground against which they can dance.


A modern eco-conscious garden

The creamy gravel both draws together the overall colour scheme and ensures the front garden, now rid of the burden of lawn upkeep or weeding, is bang up to date – as this eco-conscious ground cover allows rainwater to pass through to the soil, rather than running off to add to drain overload.


Drawing the whole garden scheme into a unified emotional whole

The beautiful sawn paving flags, with subtle lilacs and blue greys that gently underpin the planting scheme. While the clipped bay shrubs bring gentle focus to the front door and add a soft welcoming presence.

“A thoughtful and subtly designed front garden that lifts the whole ambience. The design enhances the classic dignity of the architecture while extending a warm welcome to residents and visitors alikes”

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Project Cost

Under £20k  Full Design & Build.



A tired lawn with no kerb appeal and an ugly raised manhole cover. Leggy lavender is past it’s best …



A new wider path, of stylish sandstone, slopes gently up to the front door.  Evergreen shrubs  are installed and a final mulch of gravel will show up the beautiful shapes and colours of the new planting.