Your Garden Made Perfect viewers praise £23,000 makeover giving a dark, overlooked garden a new lease of life
- Mandy and Chris, of Manchester, appeared on the final episode of Your Garden Made Perfect last night
- They didn’t use the garden at the back of their Victorian home because it lacked privacy and was overlooked
- Landscape and garden designer Helen Elks-Smith came up with a design to completely transform the space
- Viewers were impressed with the £23,000 makeover and declared it the ‘best of the series’
Your Garden Made Perfect viewers praised a £23,000 makeover on last night’s episode, declaring it ‘the best’ of the series.
Mandy and Chris had lived in their stunning Manchester home for eight years but never used their north facing back garden because it was dark, ill-designed and lacked a sense of privacy due to overlooking properties.
With the help of award-winning landscape designer Helen Elks-Smith, the couple were able to transform the space, adding a dining and seating area, as well as higher horizontal fencing and trees for greater privacy.
BEFORE: Mandy and Chris had lived in their stunning Manchester home for eight years but never used their north facing back garden because it was dark, ill-designed and lacked a sense of privacy due to overlooking properties
AFTER: With the help of award-winning landscape designer Helen Elks-Smith, the couple were able to transform the space, adding a dining and seating area, as well as taller horizontal fencing and trees for greater privacy
BEFORE: The couple didn’t enjoy using the garden and felt exposed due to the low fences and lack of boundaries
AFTER: A combination of trees and higher horizontal fencing work together to create the privacy they so wanted
BIRD’S EYE VIEW: The design makes use of diagonals to break up the view straight into neighbouring properties
Viewers, who have so far been underwhelmed by the makeovers featured on the show, were impressed by the final result, with one tweeting they had ‘saved the best til last’.
One fan posted: ‘Love this garden. Best design and end result by far for me. My favourite thus far. #yourgardenmadeperfect.’
Another wrote: ‘Wow love the garden, that acer is stunning at the end. That’s money well spent 🙂 #yourgardenmadeperfect.’
A third tweeted: ‘Helen does the best gardens. This one ticks all the boxes and yes, big plants cost – but doesn’t it look great. #yourgardenmadeperfect.’
Uninviting: Mandy and Chris didn’t enjoy spending time in their garden, which is north facing and felt cold
Outdoor living: The bench was replaced with a plush £3,000 outdoor sofa that’s ideal for lounging around outside
Tucked away: The garden felt dark before and the outdoor dining table was hidden away in a shaded corner
Dining al fresco: Clever tiling, as well as shifting of trees, helped bring the dining table into a brighter spot
At the start of the episode, Chris and Mandy explained their garden was rarely used because they could see into the windows of properties on either side.
They had conflicted views of what they wanted from a garden, with one wanting plenty of bright sunlight and the other dreaming of dappled shaded spots.
After viewing two computer generated designs with 3D glasses, Chris and Mandy decided on Helen’s offering. They originally budgeted £20,000 but overspent by £3,000, explaining that the extra money went on mature trees.
Finished result: Mature trees, pops of colour and a hammock add colour into the final garden design, pictured
The design made clever use of 45 degree angles to break up the views directly into neighbouring gardens.
The finished result features a simple yet elegant seating area with a plush outdoor sofa and a separate dining area. The two are connected by a paved path on a diagonal.
At one side of the garden there is a chunky flower bed that again makes the most of angles and diagonal lines.
Helen added height with horizontal fencing, which offers privacy while still letting in light, and positioned existing trees as well as planting new ones in a way that creates a canopy.
Chris and Mandy were delighted with the results.
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