We were asked to transform the front and back garden of a detached house in Clapham, South London last year and recently returned to visit the garden and see how the planting design was progressing. The planting scheme has been designed around a mature Cherry blossom tree that we chose to keep and make a key feature of the design. The garden has a mix of evergreen structural plants however we have designed very strong softer planting to give definition and a different feel through the key spring and Summer seasons. The spring garden is very bright and and has been planted with pink and white tulips to add even more impact to the cherry blossom and welcome spring. The summer scheme is a soft yet impactful mix of soft white, cream and deep greens complimented by subtle variegations in the foliage of Miscanthus ‘Morning light’ and Euphorbia ‘Silver Swan’.
The London garden design features 2 seating areas, a raised hard wood deck that sits around a statement outdoor fireplace and a natural stone terrace adjoining the bi-fold doors to the kitchen and an outdoor kitchen area. The deck has been laid in two directions to give a bigger sense of scale at the rear of the garden and continue the strong horizontal lines of the boundaries clad in wester red cedar.
The outdoor fireplace uses a bio-ethanol flame to create an impactful strip of flame against a Corten Steel back drop set in rendered walls finished in Farrow and Ball ‘Railings’. The fireplace has utilised an existing wall that previously overwhelmed the garden and served little purpose but to hide a storage area. The strong colour of the wall captures strong shadows of the cherry tree in the morning light.
To add further interest to the garden a range of subtle lighting has been installed as part of a garden lighting plan that allows the homeowner to use feature and mood lighting depending on how they use the garden. This is particularly effective for highlighting the multi-stemmed trees of Osmanthus ‘Fragrans’.