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Bermondsey Penthouse - London

The garden is located on top of the former Bermondsey Town Hall. This Grade II Listed Building has recently been converted into apartments. The grandness of the original building has been maintained and been updated with an opulent modern finish. The roof terrace belongs to the penthouse apartment and the brief was to create a contemporary roof terrace that could be used for work in the daytime and for socialising and relaxation in the evening. The client wanted a low maintenance garden with a “wow” factor. It was important to create shelter without hiding the panoramic views of the City of London. The rooftop is exposed and a largely Mediterranean planting scheme was chosen to withstand the full sun and winds. Double click on images to enlarge.

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Hampstead - London

The brief in this large garden in Hampstead was to revive the tired flower borders and decorate the paved areas with planters filled with luxuriant bedding displays before the clients arrival for the summer season. The front entrance was enhanced by box spirals and handmade terracotta planters. The existing borders were enlivened with perennials contained by a red, white and blue colour scheme. Double click on images to enlarge.

Iffley Village - Oxford

This 18th Century house on the edge of Oxford has housed Cardinal Newman and Vivien Greene, wife of Graham Greene. The current owner restored the house and wanted help restoring the garden. It is an eco-home with a large amount of land. The brief was to organise the space but keep the feeling of casual freedom - a country house on the edge of a city with a call of the wild. The Rotunda - a former dolls house museum next to the house - is often hired for public events and sometimes weddings - so it was important to have a large lawn with space for a marquee. To reflect the architecture of the Rotunda we created a circular lawn, entered through a walkway and past two black cherry trees. This space is perfect for marquees, wedding ceremonies and as a play area for children. Double click on images to enlarge.

Holborn - London

This roof terrace is five flights up in a historic building in Bloomsbury. It was open and exposed and the brief was to create privacy, and a traditional yet contemporary garden. Fruit, flowers and bulbs combine to create a romantic secret garden in the city centre. Double click on images to enlarge.

Hammersmith - London

This large garden in Hammersmith needed the garden designed to increase its value for sale. The house was contemporary in style and the design reflected this. Light sandstone paving stones, strong geometric shapes and minimal planting made an immediate impact. Three winter-flowering cherry (Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’) were lined up against tall trellis to provide a beautiful focal point and screen the factory beyond. To deal with the level change we created a large paved area near the house with steps and raised beds leading you up into the main garden. Double click on images to enlarge.

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Clapham - London

Even the smallest spaces can be turned into gardens. In Clapham this tiny decked fire escape was turned into a lush oasis. To add space a faux lead window box was fixed to the outside of the railings. Grasses and Verbena bonariensis Lollipop create a meadow in the sky. Black trellis covered with evergreen Jasmine and purple Clematis provides privacy and perfume and maximise the space. The Tibetan cherry (Prunus serrula) screens the neighbouring windows and provides a sculptural focal point and heart to the garden. A tiny irrigation system ensures that the plants don't dry out in this exposed situation. Double click on images to enlarge.

Midhurst - West Sussex

This charming old farmhouse in the heart of West Sussex needed rejuvenating. This involved designing and restoring borders, careful pruning, creating a relaxed vegetable garden and an overall management plan. It is deliberately loose and relaxed which suits the environment and the style of the house. Double click on images to enlarge.

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Belsize Park - London 

This beautiful hidden garden in Belsize Park needed the trees pruning and the borders to be replanted. We also installed an irrigation system across the garden because it was very dry and the plants were struggling. Double click on images to enlarge.

Bloomsbury - London 

This was a small mews house in a contemporary style. The brief was to have a low maintenance garden with seasonal interest and structure. We used galvanized metal containers to reflect the metal railings already in the architecture. Old metal bins were converted into planters. Double click on images to enlarge.

Portobello Road - London 

This terrace overlooks the Notting Hill carnival. It was exposed and completely lacking in privacy. We created a contemporary olive grove to provide privacy and structure with space to relax and party. Lavender flourishes at the base of the trees and attracts bees. Double click on images to enlarge.

Honeysuckle cascades over an old oak door, while a lead bird bath added beneath provides a focal point.