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  • Writer's pictureSarah Kay

My E8 Urban Sanctuary Garden - 6 months on

I'm really pleased with the progress of my E8 Urban Sanctuary Garden which was completed in Autumn 2021. It's due to be photographed this week so I popped in to check on the planting.

This small North facing courtyard garden was dominated by a huge Bay tree and bamboo which created a very shady, dull space with levels which didn't allow for a usable seating space and decent sized planting areas.

My design, based on a 45 degree angle, creates triangular planting beds which add movement to the garden and draw the eye to the focal points, including a distressed metal mirror and a Corten steel privacy screen.


The colours in the planting replicate and complement the hardscaping with purples, bronzes and whites dominating the colour palette. The shadier side of the garden includes an Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood', Hydrangea anomala petiolaris, Luzula nivea and Astrantias.

In the sunnier areas of the garden Carex howardii 'Phoenix Green' grasses are complemented by the vibrant foliage of Heuchera 'Caramel' and 'Berry Smoothie' with Achillea 'White Beauty' and Iris 'Kent Pride' providing mid Summer colour.

A stunning Betula utilis jacquemontii provides the perfect backdrop to the seating area with a stone bird bath adding to the wildlife features within this garden, which also include a compost bin (screened by the Corten panel) and water butt planter.

The hard landscaping has been kept very simple, with a Jura limestone patio, Corten steel edged raised beds and gravel details. Venetian fencing allows additional light into the garden, creating beautiful morning and evening shadows across the garden.

The most important thing is that my client absolutely loves her new garden, which has provoked many positive comments from visitors over the last 6 months.


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