A town garden may have to fulfil a number of lifestyle functions and offer year-round enjoyment and practical use. Space for the whole family to enjoy in their different ways – from entertaining to children’s play areas to private, relaxing “outdoor rooms” – may have to be incorporated into a single, harmonious design. On the practical side, a kitchen garden supplying fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs may be important. Designing in space to park cars is increasingly important in urban areas; you may want to consider building an office in the garden to maximise space and add value to your home. The pace of urban living means we all have time pressures in increasingly busy lives and planting to achieve maximum year-round interest and colour with minimum maintenance may also be a high priority.