Family Garden, North London

A large suburban garden in Enfield that includes a dedicated play area, screened with cedar posts and steel tension wires, a child-friendly water feature, a large lawn, and a new terrace laid with reclaimed York stone.
A mature magnolia dominates the front garden, and this is framed with an off-centre parterre, edged with box and filled with textural, airy planting. At the back, the brief was to limit the damage caused by footballs, while retaining a large lawn and accommodating a new storage shed. We created a sunken play area, with box-ball ‘goalposts’ and a climbing fort, backed with a raised bed of black bamboo to hide the houses behind. The new planting is protected with box hedging that mimics the formality of the front garden.