This large city garden was a completely blank canvas in terms of design. The clients only wanted two things; a lawn area for their children and an area for seating where they could entertain.
The large Victorian house had been restored in a contemporary style but still retained many period features. The Interior decoration by the owners juxtaposed many antiques on a modern backdrop - a theme I was keen to continue in the garden.
Although a large space by London standards, I wanted the garden to have a cosy feel from the house. To achieve this, the garden was split into two distinct spaces; a courtyard area nearer the house that leads to a more open garden at the rear. Connecting the front of the garden to the rear, a wide pathway of fine gravel also doubles as a Boules court.
The planting in both parts of the garden was mainly Perennial, with the Courtyard containing blues, whites and greens, with lots of structure and textures. The lawn area incorporated more of a 'Cottage' Style. Antique Ironwork and pots sourced from French reclamation yards added the finishing touches.