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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Heuchera 'Amethyst Mist'
Stachys byzantina 'Silver Carpet'
Carex elata 'Aurea'
Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'
Euphorbia characias subsp. Wulfenii 'John Tomlinson'
Stipa barbata ('Silver Feather')
Artemisia ludoviciana var albula
Artemisia 'Powys Castle'
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurescens'
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote Blue'
Eryngium bourgatii 'Picos Blue'
Festuca glauca 'Elijah Blue'
Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'
Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata 'Black Barlow'
Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough'
Helleborus argutifolius 'Silver Lace'
Helleborus orientalis 'White Spotted'
Heuchara 'Lime Rickey'
Astrantia 'Snow Star'
Aconitum x cammarum 'Bicolor'
Ophipogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
Liriope muscari 'Variegata'
Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy'
Polystichum setiferum 'Acutilobum Group'
Juniperus scopulorum 'Blue Arrow'
Digitalis purpurea 'Alba'
Astrantia 'Snow Star'
Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'
Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'
Clematis 'Etoile Violette'
Clematis macropetala White Swan
Clematis macropetala Purple Spider
Clematis Marie Boisselot
Ophiopogon intermedians alba variegata