This is one of many small urban gardens that I have designed over the years. Designed for a young professional couple with a small budget living in Stoke Newington, London. They wanted to do some gardening but within limits, so small borders were created with a mixture of low maintenance evergreens and flowering perennials. An oak railway sleeper seat was designed to add height and interest, whilst combining a raised bed at either end to change the planting levels. Indian raj sandstone was used as a cheap alternative to york stone and slate chips were used to cover the concrete side access to save the cost of digging it up.