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Serene Contemporary Garden Design in Fulham

By London garden designer Josh Ward Garden Design. This typical London garden had low snaking walls, an awkward slope, limited light, a mirrored back wall and a very large protected Robinia pseudoacacia.

Serene contemporary garden design in fulham josh ward

The brief was to create a contemporary garden design which acted as a natural extension of the contemporary styled, Victorian house without losing the all-important light.

Serene contemporary garden design in fulham josh ward

Large glass doors opened onto the outside space and a sense of unity and calm were the main objectives as well as introducing a contemporary planting design with a cottage planting twist. A serene space to hide away from the outside world and entertain.

Serene contemporary garden design in fulham josh ward

Reflected light was introduced into the garden with generous slabs of silver slate, which tied the whole space together. Generous inviting steps were created to intice people into the garden space and a low wall that doubled-up as an informal sitting area for impromptu party guests. An aubergine wall replaced the mirrored back wall to add depth and mood whilst acting as a chic foil for the green foliage. Steel tensioned wires were incorporated for climbers to venture-up and offer a pseudo floral wallpaper effect, especially when backlit in the evening. The knarled Robinia pseudoacacia became a dramatic feature when up-lit in the evening and the heavenly scented planting ensures drinks and dinner parties are a treat.

Serene contemporary garden design in fulham josh ward

Planting was to be an inspired mix of contemporary and cottage styles whilst employing a calm, clean but striking palette of green, white and purples. Versatile white climbing Floribunda rose 'Iceberg' (Rosa 'Iceberg' - climbing) clad both sides of the garden and offered heady honey scents along with the shade and sun tolerant Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasmiminoides). Small but perfectly formed Lavender 'Hidcote Blue' Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Blue) was introduced in the sunnier stepped transition area, so the clients would brush against them as they sat on the wall having a glass of wine or sunbathing.

Serene contemporary garden design in fulham josh ward

In the shadier areas a mix of Japanese aralia (Fatsia japonica), Soft shield fern (Polistichum setiferum), Japanese anemone 'Honerine Jobert' (Anemone x hybrida 'Honerine Jobert') and the variegated blue lilyturf (Liriope muscari 'Variegata') offered a lively textural contrast with the aubergine backdrop.

Plants list:

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Cynara cardunculus
Heuchera 'Amethyst Mist'
Libertia peregrinans
Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'
Carex elata 'Aurea'
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
Acanthus spinosus
Euphorbia characias subsp. Wulfenii 'John Tomlinson'
Stipa barbata ('Silver Feather')
Artemisia ludoviciana var albula
Artemisia 'Powys Castle'
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurescens'
Eryngium giganteum
Uncinia rubra
Dierama 'Merlin'
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Blue'
Verbena bonariensis
Eryngium bourgatii 'Picos Blue'
Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'
Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'
Sarcococca confusa
Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Black Barlow'
Pleioblastus variegatus
Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough'
Dierama 'Guinevere'
Euphorbia cornigera

Cotinus 'Grace'
Helleborus argutifolius 'Silver Lace'
Helleborus purpurascens
Helleborus orientalis 'White Spotted'
Heuchara 'Lime Rickey'
Astrantia 'Snow Star'
Aconitum x cammarum 'Bicolor'
Ophipogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
Fatsia japonica
Liriope muscari 'Variegata'
Asplenium scolopendrium
Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy'
Polystichum setiferum 'Acutilobum Group'
Juniperus scopulorum 'Blue Arrow'
Digitalis purpurea 'Alba'
Digitalis purpurea
Astrantia 'Snow Star'
Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'
Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'
Schizophragma integrifolium
Clematis 'Etoile Violette'
Clematis macropetala White Swan
Clematis macropetala Purple Spider
Clematis Marie Boisselot
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Ophiopogon intermedians alba variegata
Sarcococca humilis

By Josh Ward