Monthly Archives: August 2017

Carol’s Secret Garden

White wirework chairs and table and carefully chosen ornaments make a striking focal point in a shady, private seating area of a town garden - © Graham Strong/GAP Photos

White wirework chairs and table and carefully chosen ornaments make a striking focal point in a shady, private seating area of a town garden – © Graham Strong/GAP Photos

A small garden full of theatrical touches with a wide range of exotic plants.

This garden is only 15 feet wide, but long and narrow and typical of a terraced house plot built at the turn of the century.

Hostas and Begonia rex in pots and a suspended spider plant alongside a gravel path that leads to a shady seating area with white wirework furniture - © Graham Strong/GAP Photos

Hostas and Begonia rex in pots and a suspended spider plant alongside a gravel path that leads to a shady seating area with white wirework furniture – © Graham Strong/GAP Photos

The garden is full of theatrical touches with a wide range of exotic plants and carefully chosen eye catchers. There are three seating areas which each have a different view point on the garden as well as a square gazebo surrounded by bold foliage.

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Islington Garden

Modern urban garden with stone paved patio and containers.

Raised pavers lead back towards the house and dinning area in this London garden, over this planting of Stipa arundinacea, ruby red holly hocks and yellow Phlomis russeliana - © Nicola Browne/GAP Photos

Raised pavers lead back towards the house and dinning area in this London garden, over this planting of Stipa arundinacea, ruby red holly hocks and yellow Phlomis russeliana – © Nicola Browne/GAP Photos

This urban garden of a family home in London has a lovely outdoor dining areaon the natural stone terrace.

Beyond the terrace is a lawn for play and at the bottom of the garden a further terrace for entertaining.

The garden is on two different levels. The area between the terrace and the lawn is planted loosely with perennials. ‘Floating’ stone steps rise up among the planting. Clever use of planting and hard landscaping creates lots of texture and movement.

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Cheltenham Terrace

Modern urban garden - Cheltenham Terrace London - © Lynn Keddie/GAP Photos

Modern urban garden – Cheltenham Terrace London – © Lynn Keddie/GAP Photos

A small urban garden with strong architectural structures.

This West facing London courtyard garden is just 15m x 6m so when the owners Alex and Andrew came to commission the designer they had quite a list of wants for John van Hage to fulfil. With space at a premium in fashionable Chelsea, the couple wanted to be able to use the garden all year round for entertaining and eating. Unusual pleached Olives were used to create privacy in the garden then two levels were created.

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