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Christopher Masson’s Garden

This long, narrow London garden may measure a mere 26m x 9m, but the combination of a clever layout and inspired planting based on varying evergreen textures contrive to make it seem so much more spacious.


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It is the home to landscape architect Christopher Masson who describes it as ‘an experimental garden’. ‘I create strong clear layouts, and then add the softness of plants later. But it is not static and there will never be a final solution.’ He admits that the garden has developed piecemeal over the years, initially with a summerhouse halfway down the north-facing plot. ‘It didn’t receive any winter sun, so recently built a garden room at the furthest end, adding an overhead cover so it can be used all year round,’ he explains. He is forever changing the planting, with much now grown in pots so that it can be easily moved about. A stepped path leads from behind the Victorian house, squeezing between pots of pineapple lilies, dahlias (a particular love of his), alliums, leafy plectranthus and schizostylis, before arriving at large box balls placed roughly halfway down. To one side, a chair rests amongst salvias and hydrangeas, whilst to the other a formal pond is tucked away in a leafy niche. Further along, an agave sits tall on a table, just where several paths meet, one leading to a patio outside the garden room.



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