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Grassed amphitheatre

By London garden designer Charlotte Rowe. This large mature garden West London garden was in need of a complete overhaul so that it would fit better with the new owners' lifestyle and tastes.

Charlotte rowe

To bring it up to date, an old rockery and a range of overgrown trees and shrubs were removed and in their place a grassed amphitheatre was constructed to provide a central point for this large family garden - this is now used as a seating area for the teenagers in the family and a play area by the couple's young daughter. At night the rim of box balls (Buxus sempervirens) are cross-lit to great effect.

Charlotte rowe

The three terraced areas around the L-shaped fish pond are laid with pale cream limestone and this stone is also continued as detailing in the new lawn; contemporary furniture and containers complete the clean uncluttered look.

Charlotte rowe

The planting is mainly new style perennial planting in a palette of pale umber, lavender and grey green using structural plants such as Melianthus major, Rosmarinus officinalis, Beschorneria yuccoides, Lavendula angustifolia 'Hidcote' and herbs such as Thymus and Salvia officinalis to break up the waves of perennials including Achillea 'Walter Funcke', Knautia macedonica, Verbena bonariensis, Foeniculum vulgare purpureum and Sedum telephium 'Matrona' mixed with the late flowering deciduous grass, Panicum virgatum 'Heavy Metal'.

Charlotte rowe

Charlotte Rowe

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