An urban oasis, with a generous dining and seating areas, a fabulous side return, and a wide paved path meandering through the lush planting.
A wide path of sawn stone leads to the front door and frames the limestone gravel drive, while cedar slatted fencing echoes the cladding of the bespoke bike box. Planting is key: Arbutus ‘Compacta’ is complemented by evergreen jasmine, grasses and herbaceous perennials, while the sedum roof soaks up the sunshine.
With the lower terrace already in situ, this garden was reimagined for entertainment and relaxation. A streamlined metal pergola is the focal point, drawing the eye past the balau deck flanked with new corten planters towards a secluded seating area. New planting combines with edited existing plants to create an urban oasis.
Marienne Pachonick Architects introduced me to the clients early in the process of renovating and extending this beautiful 1930s property, and the architecture of the house is reflected in this relaxed family garden. Making the most of the splendid oak and open views were also key to the design.
Images courtesy of client
This gem of a garden includes a dining area, planters with edibles and ornamentals, a covered reading arbour and a spacious deck – complete with bioethanol firebowl – leading off the garden building. Plank paving echoes the timber of the deck. The tall hedge and apple tree, both havens for wildlife, add to the privacy of this calm space.
This atmospheric family garden takes its lead from the architecture of the Victorian house and a framework of existing mature planting – but at the same time it’s perfectly adapted to an active urban family, with spacious play and entertaining areas and tough, attractive planting.
A new garden to complement a renovated Georgian townhouse
Garden views to complement the extension and renovation of this elegant family home
Image courtesy of James Whitaker of Whitaker Studio/TAS Architects
Balau boardwalks lead through this courtyard garden to a sunny deck and pergola, oversailing the roots of existing mature trees. Reclaimed stone is repurposed to create a stepping-stone path through lush shade planting.
Designed around existing mature trees, this large family garden includes wide borders, a secluded, plant-lapped pergola and a hardwood dining deck.
This family garden redesign incorporates a sunny stone terrace with planters, a garden studio with its own seating area, a spacious lawn, pollinator-friendly planting, a stumpery, and a green roof on the storage shed.
Front garden redesign
A traditional front garden with a contemporary twist
A new design for this urban space featuring slate, corten and a high proportion of evergreen planting for year-round interest.
A light-touch re-imagining of this pretty Dulwich garden: the existing paving was reconfigured and relaid, boundaries repaired and refinished, a new semi-circular lawn laid, and planting areas enlarged, redesigned and replanted.
Combining old and new in a family garden
Mediterranean planting for this sunny space
Family garden with terrace, formal and informal areas.
Privacy and greenery were required for this smart Camden front garden: our bespoke timber planters and drought-tolerant planting met the brief.
This splendid villa in the Telegraph Hill conservation area required a setting to match. New stone steps and paving, London stock brickwork and bespoke railings deliver a clean-lined space in keeping with this period property. Generous planting, including a raingarden, keeps rainfall within the garden.
St Julian’s Close
Combining fresh approaches with existing mature planting in this lovely family garden
Two tall Prunus lusitanica hedges were added to give instant privacy to this smart townhouse front garden, along with additional planting for year-round interest by the side of the house.
Sophisticated front garden planting
South-facing Mediterranean-inspired space.
A light, airy redesign of a north facing family garden.
Albert Street Courtyard
A new look for a city courtyard
Elegant spaces in Crystal Palace
Images courtesy of Marienne Pachonick Architects/ Radu Palicica
Cottage garden planting in North London
Serene slate-paved courtyard
Wildflower turf and espaliered apples in West Dulwich
South Croxted Road
Elegant planting with a New Zealand twist
Image courtesy of Mimodo Architects
Maximising light and space in a small garden
An elegant town garden for a busy family.
Norwood Bus Garage
Sustainable planting design for Norwood Bus Garage
A curved lawn, mixed borders and kitchen garden provide a setting for this renovated Victorian villa.
Tritton Vale Pocket Garden
Tritton Vale Pocket Garden: I am proud to be a member of the team responsible for creating and caring for this award-winning community garden.
The Rookery, Streatham Common
As part of the Rookery Garden Design Group, I helped redesign the White Garden and Old English Garden at Streatham Common’s Rookery. This image by Joel Antunes shows new hardy perennial underplanting I designed for the Old English Garden.