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Aspects of Design : Garden Size

Town gardens | Small suburban gardens | Large Suburban gardens | Country gardens

Town gardens

Size: Town gardens tend to be small in size, twenty to about eighty square metres. If larger, they can be treated as small suburban gardens. Generally, they have no view to the outside.

Problems: Small size, high walls, noise, air pollution and lack of privacy.

Small suburban gardens

Size: Small suburban back gardens are usually about seventy square metres to about two hundred. Generally, they look onto the backs of other houses and rarely have a view to be retained.

Problems: Small size, bare walls, noise, lack of privacy.

Large Suburban gardens

Size: Large suburban back gardens range from about two hundred square metres to 1,000 square metres. Larger than this, they can be treated as country gardens from a design point of view.

Problems: Usually narrow compared to their length, maybe overlooked, rarely have views worth retaining, poor boundaries – usually fences and hedges, sometimes walls.

Country gardens

Size: Many country gardens are 1,000 square metres or more in extent. Smaller than this, they can be treated as suburban gardens in terms of design size.

Problems: Generally large, costly to fill and difficult to maintain, rarely overlooked, often with good views but may be exposed. Long boundaries to be disguised.

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