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Dynamic planting complements the strict geometry of the design, which echoes the clean lines of the extension by Marienne Pachonick Architects
Image courtesy of Marienne Pachonick Architects/ Radu Palicica
Inside Out Architects invited me to consult on the garden design for this Camden renovation/extension project, and to design and implement the planting for the front, basement and back gardens. Grasses, evergreens and a restrained colour palette add softness and unity to this smart city space. Image courtesy of Emanuelis Stasaitis
This North London garden was created for a real plantsman, with interesting planting for both sun and shade. A generous reclaimed slate terrace is edged with London stock brick and shingle. Slate stepping stones trace a precise line around the circular lawn, leading to a play area, kitchen garden and a very lovely shed.
This serene garden was designed on the diagonal to maximise the usable space. Bespoke elements in a pared-back palette of stone, brick and wood are complemented by grasses, evergreens and hardy perennials: care was taken to preserve key mature plants from the original garden.
This large West Dulwich garden gained a new lawn incorporating wildflower turf, and a spacious shingle terrace at the end of the garden. Oak sleeper beds and wide steps lead to a utility area under the sweet chestnut. Three espaliered apple trees were planted along the brick wall, and reclaimed brick used to edge the beds and the terrace by the house.
South Croxted Road
We worked with Mimodo Architects and Small Fry + Chips on this elegant planting scheme with a New Zealand twist: astelia, hebe and libertia create a strong framework for perennial plantings of ferns, grasses, astrantia and penstemon, while silver birch, amelanchier, magnolia and bay provide height and impact.
The brief for this north-facing Hornsey garden was ‘ maximise light and space’. The geometric design creates a sense of order and incorporates a dining terrace, garden building with bespoke pergola, toolshed with turf roof, a seating area and a lawn, and the airy planting is inspired by the clients’ love of wildflowers and woodlands.
Attractive, low-maintenance planting offers year-round interest in the relaxed redesign of this Dulwich garden. A new grey sandstone terrace is complemented by matching pavers leading to the back gate. The deck has been updated with storage elements, evergreen jasmine planters, and striking overhead beams.
An elegant town garden designed for a busy family. Generous seating under the pergola is augmented by a stone-topped perching wall. A calming palette of grey sandstone, sage green fences, natural wood and zinc is complemented by shrubs, perennials and grasses: white and grey-green predominate, offset by hits of purple and blue.
Norwood Bus Garage
New planting design for beds at the Norwood Bus Garage. Working alongside the Bzz Garage community garden team, I designed and implemented drought-resistant, pollinator-friendly planting to offer year-round interest on this highly public urban site.
A formal garden was created to complement this renovated Victorian property. The new design divides the large space into a series of garden rooms: a curved lawn enclosed by mixed borders, a kitchen garden with raised beds and garden outbuildings, and – at the end of the garden – a woodland space for children to explore.
Designing and building this sunny Vauxhall roof terrace involved sourcing and installing plants, planters, an irrigation system, and finishing touches such as the chevron outdoor rug. We returned the following year to install slatted Venetian fence panels and add to the planting: it’s always satisfying to see a project develop!
Tritton Vale Pocket Garden
Tritton Vale Pocket Garden was created on the neglected site of a long-demolished building by the local community, using reused scaffold boards and donated plants. I am proud to be a member of the team responsible for creating and caring for this award-winning garden.
Newly-laid paving and turf in this sunny family garden with a secluded paved seating area and raised beds at the far end. The lush planting includes climbers, eucalyptus, cordyline, bamboo and a focal-point acer.
The Rookery, Streatham Common
As part of the Rookery Garden Design Group, I helped to redesign the planting of the White Garden and Old English Garden at Streatham Common’s Rookery Garden. My redesign of the rose beds, shown in this image by Joel Antunes, incorporates hardy perennial underplanting.