Residential Garden - South London
Following a complete renovation of this lovely home in South London, the garden was transformed from a dull, uninviting space into a highly stylish, contemporary garden.
The entertainment spaces were designed to be enveloped by planting, bringing a fresh and vibrant feel. The planting is a mix of evergreen trees and shrubs, interspersed with perennials and grasses, transforming the garden into a cool lush place to enjoy time with friends or to spend time alone in quiet tranquility.
Planing: Francois Leaf Gardens
At night, the space is transformed into a party space with the clever use of outdoor lighting.
Uplighters softly light up the multi-stem tree and create clever shadow play on the cedar panels. Over time, evergreen climbers will partially cover the panels which will continue to envelope the owners and their friends with lush green foliage and softly scented flowers.
Residential Garden - Shoreditch
A long neglected, north facing walled garden which had become overgrown. The new owners felt that the garden was dark and under utilised and decided to make a change.
Helping the client to draw up a design, a seating area with storage was introduced and a feature wall of glass and patterned tiles were used to bring a fresh new dimension to the garden.
Stepping out from the kitchen directly onto a pathway, the pavers are surrounded by Ophiopogon japonicus 'Minor' to provide the look of grass without the maintenance of regular grass. The pavers are flanked by two borders filled with a variety of Ferns, Hostas, Agapanthus, Hebe, Bergenia, Lysimachia, Salvia, Polygonatum, Acanthus and Panicum grass. To the rear, scented plants encapsulate the seating area using Thymus and Lavandula. Carex grasses run along the back of the seating area and Passiflora is trained on wires across the upper wall.
The planting has taken really well (thanks to the client for preparing the borders in advance) and it will be a joy to watch this garden evolve over time.
The landscape construction was expertly completed by World Land Design, London. Plants were supplied by North Hill Nurseries, Surrey and Provdender Nurseries, Kent.
Residential Garden - Essex
This conceptual design is one section of an extensive design of the garden surrounding this family home in Essex.
The family are great entertainers so multifunction areas are key to allow both family and friends to enjoy the space and the views of the surrounding countryside.
This section shows the conceptual design for the side garden. Entering into courtyard with borders running on each side, a covered spa area provides a space of relaxation. Further down, a small kitchen and bar area will be created to entertain both friends and family. Stepping down from the courtyard is a gravel garden with a water table. This is overlooked by a seating are which overlooks both the side garden, the larger rear garden and the rural countryside beyond.
Construction underway. A courtyard is being created using plank pavers, bringing a strong contemporary feel to this space. Three borders surround the courtyard which will be filled with a selection of architectural plants and trees to soften the hard landscape.
To the right of the courtyard is a raised terrace which has been constructed with composite decking. Situated within the terrace is a state of the art swim spa which will have a partially closed pergola, allowing the family to relax or keep up with their fitness regime, whatever the weather.
The Courtyard planting is now almost complete.
Two Catalpa bignoniodies bungeii providing height which will be balanced by the roof of the spa area opposite. Grasses and lightly scented plants surround the courtyard softening the hard landscaping with colour pops of purple from the alliums and agapanthus.
Additional trees will be planted in Spring 2022.
Trees supplied by Barcham.
Plants supplied by Clifton Nurseries and Premium Plants.
Residential Garden - Surrey
An overgrown, poorly landscaped space. North facing so very little light received in the winter months.
An easy care garden with granite patio pavers laid towards the house and an Iroko deck installed at the rear. A new lawn laid with perennial and shrub borders to the edges. Wooden panels fixed to the walls to the rear and remaining fence panels painted to bring the whole design together with the house. Subtle lighting installed to allow the space to be used during the evenings.
Residential Garden - Surrey
A much loved family garden needed some colour and structure to the long border at the end of the garden. South-West orientated, the border is mainly in dappled shade due to the surrounding mature trees. A carefully selected planting palate was designed to obtain colour and interest throughout the year, as well as to withstand the odd frisby or two.
A number of shrubs were removed from the border but the majority of the established shrubs were retained and shaped to bring them into the new planting design. New plants have been introduced including a range of perennials, such as Digitalis, Euphorbia, Anemone and Salvia, softened by Hakonchloa and Calamagrostis grasses. For the shady sections under the trees, soft ferns have been planted and new shrubs have been introduced to eventually provide structure and screening.
Residential Garden - Beckenham
This conceptual design is for a rear garden of a residential home in Beckenham.
This is a family garden and it has multiple requirements - the priority was to include space for play. To the rear of the garden, a space for toys and trampolines is hidden from the rest of the garden. The garden is South facing so the upper terrace gets very hot in the summer. A shady lower seating area has been created with the addition of a fire bowl, great for telling stories and toasting marshmallows on chilly summer evenings.
The existing brick pergola and storage units will be removed to make space for a designated play area.
A lower paved terrace will be created in front of the play area and will be screened by planting which will also wrap around the seating area, creating a cool place to spend hot summer afternoons.
The site being cleared ready to create the play area.
Once the ground has been cleared of debris and levelled, a permeable sheet will be laid and covered in play bark to protect the kids while they play.
The area will also allow the kids to create their own den, the perfect hideaway from their parents!
Prep underway for the lower paved terrace.
Using dark grey granite plank pavers from London Stone, the pavers will be laid in a stretcher bond format with dark grey grouting.
Pavers being set - the contrast in colour of the pavers changes on whether it is wet or dry.
Starting to take shape. The borders are now defined and made larger. In the early spring, shrubs will be planted to create structure and form a framework for the rest of the planting.
The lawn has been re-turfed and will be ready for football practice very soon.
To the rear, a new play den will be constructed so the boys can create their own adventures with their friends, as well as continuing to use the trampoline in the summer months.
The garden is now a wonderful combination of a place to relax but also a fabulous place to play.
The rear play area has a bespoke play den, complete with a viewing tower and a climbing wall, a new bespoke swing with a personalised oak seat and the trampoline is almost hidden from view (a tall order in any garden). The borders are now planted up with a variety of shrubs and perennials which will provide interest throughout the year. The lower patio can now be used for either quiet contemplation or to watch the kids while they play. The new lawn has taken well and provides an excellent space for essential football practice!
Thank you to...
PJC Landscapes for the exceptional creativity and quality of the landscaping.
Premium Plants, Creepers Nursery and North Hill Nursery for the variety of beautiful trees, shrubs and perennials.