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Chic Contemporary Town Garden

By Henley On Thames garden designer Jo Alderson Phillips. This is our own garden here in Henley on Thames.

Chic contemporary town garden

It was a very dreary dull space that desperately needed some inspiration. We wanted a real garden 'room' to extend the kitchen & be enjoyed 12 months of the year, day & night.

Chic contemporary town garden

I used travertine flags throughout for unity & pained the walls & raised beds white to tie in with our kitchen. The colours are restricted to purple, magenta, white & of course green. The grasses give a beautiful texture & the standard wisterias create an elegant glamourous feel toward the rear of the garden.

Chic contemporary town garden

A wall of bamboos enclose the space & hide an ugly wall & a wall of mirrors visually extend the garden.

Chic contemporary town garden

The water is always interesting & the fish give plenty of interest - the pool is 1.2M deep & has a good filtration system with UV should be ever feel the need to have Koi. It is a pleasure to sit in, is very easy to maintain & gives us constant pleasure.

Plants list:

Click any of the names below to learn more about the plants used.

Acer palmatum atropurpureum
Buxus sempervirens balls
Verbena bonariensis
Agapanthus 'Headbourne Hybrids'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'
Miscanthus 'Zebrinus'
Alopecuroides
Iris reticulata
Allium schoenoprasum, Allium sphaerocephalon & Allium christophii
Ornithogalum narbonense
Laurus nobilis 1/2 standard
Standard Wisteria sinensis
Calamagrostis x aucutifolia 'Overdam'
Phyllostachys aurea
Stipa arundinacea
Heuchera 'Gypsy Dancer', Heuchera 'Palace Purple' & Heuchera 'Chocolate Ruffles'
Stipa gigantea