It always seems such a shame that gardens are often neglected and left looking unattractive by the presence of the essential but aesthetically displeasing collection of refuse bins. This is particularly true in urban areas where bins are often stored at the front of the house for easy access on collection day. Here at Living Colour Gardens, we are on a crusade to remedy this by incorporating bespoke bin storage units such as those shown below into the garden landscape for our clients.
Constructed by our experienced landscape gardeners from solid hardwood frames and battens, these bin stores are all made to measure with complete flexibility of design, size and finish. By incorporating a green roof such as the one shown, this structure can be made to look even more part of the garden and a useful place to grow small plants and herbs. This unit’s roof is planted with a selection of scented herbs including sage, rosemary, lemon thyme, mint and lavender which help to disguise any lingering odours coming from the bin bags. The green roof has its own drainage layer built in as part of the design so that the herbs do not become waterlogged.
This unit below is made from Western Red Cedar with a sloping wooden roof and includes space inside for storing some garden tools and outdoor sweeping brushes.
The bin store below is in a front garden in Brook Green. The unit is made from Ipe hardwood and has two levels separated by a shelf – the bins sit on the ground and the upper level provides space for excess waste and items for recycling.