Harlesden rear garden

This north facing garden is situated on an upward slope, with a particularly steep rise just outside the house. It provides a tranquil and practical outdoor space as well as a beautiful view from the house.

The hard landscaping was designed to complement the brickwork and strong architecture of the Edwardian town house and provide a structure for the soft informal planting.

The garden appears larger than it is. Wide steps lead onto the lawn, which makes the approach to the garden appear more expansive, and the placing of shrubs and taller plants ensures that the whole garden is not immediately visible from the house. Planting is varied and includes vegetables and fruit, grown amongst the ornamental plants, and is designed to encourage wildlife.

Notting Hill courtyard

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Surrounded by high brick walls and tall buildings, this small basement garden presented a challenge. The aim was to provide attractive views from inside the house as well as a naturalistically planted space in which to relax and entertain.

Even in a small garden it is possible to surprise and create and illusion of space. This was achieved by creating interest with three distinct areas. The first is a sunny patio and seating area, surrounded by containers. Steps lead up into the garden to a seat surrounded by colourful and aromatic plants. From here a path leads to a focal point and shady area of woodland planting.

Hackney courtyard

232x174px_Before-plantingA small garden, such as this, needs to function well as an additional room. The aim was to create a tranquil and peaceful retreat from town life as well as an attractive view from inside the house.

232x174px_DSC_1325A crab apple tree in the corner is a focal point, its blossom and fruits providing year round interest. Evergreen climbers, shrubs and ground cover form a backdrop to the varied planting. Peace and harmony are created with sweet smelling herbs and roses in the sun, and gentle woodland planting on the shadier side of the garden.

Finsbury Park

[metaslider id=748]There were lots of interesting plants in this well cared for garden, but it needed a stronger design and focus. The aim was to create an urban retreat in which to relax and entertain. The client enjoys gardening and wanted an interesting variety of naturalistic planting that she could develop.

The garden has three areas: a square shady bed near the house by a large patio, now planted with woodland plants; the main garden, the lawn reconfigured as two intersecting circles, surrounded by dense planting; and finally, at the end of the garden, an informally planted area at the base of some tall trees, with winding paths and seating.

We used as much of the original plant stock as possible, moving them and adding others to make the design more cohesive and dynamic.

Islington balconies and courtyard

This beautiful Georgian first floor flat is graced by large picture windows leading onto three balconies. The client wanted a view of greenery and plants that would remind her of the English countryside.

Each balcony is themed slightly differently. The smallest balcony has a standard rose in a large container at its centre with seasonal planting around its base. The next balcony contains violas for permanence, with bulbs and bedding plants changing the colour scheme throughout the year. The longest balcony is planted with perennials and shrubs. Honeysuckle and passionflower clamber over the wrought iron and aromatic herbs such as lavender hint at an English country garden.