Contemporary family garden Islington
By London garden designer Declan Buckley. This contemporary family garden is softened by generous planting, giving it a green structure, splashes of colour and wafting scent throughout the seasons
A children's dining area features Euphorbia milleffera, Agapanthus africanus, Zantedeschia aethiopica Crowborough, Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey' and clipped box. Note the sheer scale of the Agapanthus blooms!
Over ninety cubic meters of soil were excavated to help make this contemporary family garden. This created space for a secluded dining terrace and glass conservatory while conecting the garden with the lower level open plan living space.
Wide pale stone steps make a generous link to the upper levels. The new walkway from the first floor has a toughened glass balustrade and ample storage space beneath. A self-bonded surface allows for year round use and is perfect for tricycles and play.
Pleached evergreen Magnolia grandiflora and clipped Trachelospermum jasminoides screen the back of the garden, the perfumed flowers of the jasmine arrive after the scented magnolia blooms have faded, while Agapanthus africanus keeps the show running in late summer. The plants were selected for the contrasting scale and texture of their foliage as well as scent and colour of their flowers.
Subtle lighting brings the garden to life in the evenings.
Fig and Loquat trees provide fruit while clipped Bay and trailing Rosemary are grown for the kitchen. Magnolia grandiflora and clipped Trachelospermum jasminoides with Agapanthus africanus all give good year-round structure to this city garden and make the most of limited planting space and full sun at the end of the garden.
Calm and contrasting green textures in a shady area - acer, ferns, fatsia, box and hellebores.
Click on any of the plant names below to learn more about the plant and to add to your own 'Plants I want' lists.
Osmanthus x burkwoodii
Zantedeschia aethiopica Crowborough
Anemone x hybrida 'Honerine Joseph'
Hemerocalis 'White Temptation'
Iris siberica 'White Swirl'
Astelia chatamica 'Silver Spear'
Rosa banksia alba
Ficus carica 'Brown Turkey'
Clipped buxus hedges and spheres