Recent Project Profile - N5 Secluded Family Garden Design - 9 months on
I've been busy over the last few days, photographing my most recent projects. The brief for my N5 Secluded Family Garden was to design a low maintenance space, suitable for a growing family with a recently acquired puppy.
The existing space was dark and uninviting, mainly due to a large Bay tree which dominated the right side of the garden, and a large Ceanothus (Californian Lilac) and Phyllostachys Nigra towards the back. My design, based on 45 degree geometry, seeks to create a private garden, through the use of pleached Carpinus trees and a feature Betula tree which is elegant and easy to maintain.
The 45 degree format creates triangular raised beds which bring the planting into the centre of the garden and create seating areas with flexible additional seating provided by the raised bed porcelain coping.
Horizontal batten fencing, painted dark grey contrasts with the fragrant climbers including Trachelospernum jasminoides (evergreen Jasmine) and Rosa d'Adelaide. Large fuschia planters provide a pop of vibrant colour, which pick out the purple foliage around the garden.
A custom L- shaped oak bench will eventually become the main dining space surrounded by the Japanese inspired planting on two sides.
The planting has a muted, constrained colour palette of greens, white and pinks, contrasting beautifully with the dark grey fencing.
Thank you to all my collaborators on the project:
Landscaping by Acacia Gardens Ltd
Lighting by Nicholas Turner Electrics
Planters from Europlanters
Plants from Provender Nurseries