London Townhouse Case Study
Photography : Darryl Osada
A combination of three terraced houses; one new build in a period style which complements the two neighbouring grade II listed houses.
Combining three gardens at the front, and three gardens at the rear of the properties.
THE REAR GARDEN :
A series of eclectic garden rooms and spaces.
On stepping out of the conservatory doors, the reclaimed antique floor boards blend elegantly with the limestone paved terrace of the garden.
Close by, an “English cottage” style Herb Garden, outlined in box hedging, perfumes the paved terrace with a combination of lavender, oregano, thyme and an array of cottage style flowers.
Adjacent, a Children’s Play Garden, concealed behind tall walls, can be accessed through an arched gated entrance.
Opposite the Herb Garden, a long wall of pleached hornbeam trees form the backdrop to a layering of shrubs and underplanting, contained within rendered walled planters.
At the front, three Birch trees break the formality and, at the base between these trees, two antique granite troughs display a variety of woodland plants.
A change in level : ascending garden steps, across a series of limestone stepping stones, onto Ipe timber decking, where a collection of planted antique stone troughs stand against a background of towering bamboo. At a moment’s notice, a floor-recessed cedar hot tub, discreetly hidden beneath the decking can easily be accessed.
A cedar Garden Studio stands opposite; well rooted, with its basement a full footprint as the space above. From the large viewing window within, can be seen, an immense pond, combining modern UV filtering technology – keeping the water “gin clear” and yet allowing for an array of natural aquatic planting and wildlife.
The journey continues up the garden, across the pond, via a bridge of limestone stepping stones, towards a small olive grove planted freely with grasses and lavender… A few more oval stepping stones wind around the olive trees towards a bog area planted with tree ferns and giant native plants, likely to be found in the remotest parts of the Amazon.