To create a garden that connects with the architecture and materials of the house, and Hampstead Heath (On the Eastern Boundary).
A space that reflects the clients South African roots and love of planting.
A soft garden using timber and planting.
The design balances the clients wish for plenty of lawn space and love of foliage, using a raised curved walkway through the borders around the garden. The lawn and new seating area occupy the sunniest parts of the garden, so the majority of planting is shade tolerant, and many suitable foliage plants could be used.
Underplanting with groundcover and bulbs has ensured a succession of interest throughout the year. Ferns, grasses and bold foliage plants are positioned to be distinct from one another, yet appear complimentary.
The scheme has achieved cohesion between house and garden, an important factor as the garden wraps around the house on three sides. There are connections and parallels between shapes, materials and structures.
This is a fabulous and striking garden, complex and difficult to realise, yet that completely fulfils the brief. The clients are delighted. It works as a family garden, whilst creating drama, magic and interest.
A finalist for a Society of Garden Designers Lighting Award in 2013, this garden also won the BALI Principal Design Excellence Award in 2005, and the Horticulture Week 'Best Garden Design' 2005.