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South London Town Garden

By West Sussex garden designer Christine Fowler. This sunny south-facing garden in South London belongs to a beautician whose business is based from home.

The idea was to create a striking Contemporary Garden that felt like an extension of their home where they could both entertain their friends and have a separate area for sunbathing. 

South London Garden by West Sussex garden designer Christine Fowler

The addition of a basement reduced the outside space and the new kitchen and dining room opened immediately out onto the garden. The glass ceiling of their basement connected the house to their new garden and by using the same high-quality stone both inside and out gave a sense of continuity and space.


South London Town Garden by West Sussex garden designer Christine Fowler

The idea was to create a striking space that felt like an extension of their home which would look good all year round. This was achieved using a high proportion of evergreens (predominantly box balls and Olive trees) with bulbs and flowers popping up at different times of the year. Lighting added another dimension at dusk and through the winter months.

South London Town Garden by West Sussex garden designer Christine Fowler

The Mediterranean inspired planting is well adapted to a sunny position (Olive Trees and Lavender) given a metropolitan twist by the addition of box balls, which together give the garden its elegant feel and structure. Other sun-loving plants such as Lilies and Agapanthus flower once the lavender has passed its peak to prolong the season of interest. 

South London Town Garden by West Sussex garden designer Christine Fowler

The more shady area of the garden is home to purple flowering Liriope and pale mauve flowered Ophiopogon. The walls are now covered with a climbing Trachelospermum jasminoides which fills the garden with scent in high summer.

Plant list

 

Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Buxus sempervirens
Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens'
Laurus nobilis
Lilium regale
Gladiolus murielae
Liriope muscari
Narcissus 'Thalia'
Agapanthus 'Lapis'
Olea europaea (any variety)
Designed by Christine Fowler