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White Magic

Designed to combine plants, storage and seating areas this London celebrates white and green.


London, UK

GAP Photos/Nicola Stocken

Feature No:   4704 

Qty of Images:    73 


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Laura’s has seen her 8m x 16m garden go through various incarnations during the last 28 years, amongst them a children’s football area, dog’s compound and vegetable patch. Finally, five years ago, dogs and children took a back seat as she put pen to paper to create a lawn-free layout that combines plants, storage and seating areas in a flowing design that suits today’s outdoor lifestyle. In 2015, a builder laid the hard landscaping throughout, with a circular paving feature in the terrace for a large dining table. ‘We often entertain quite a few people, so needed sufficient space for them to be comfortable,’ explains Laura, a retired police officer who now has a second career as a yoga teacher. The colour theme throughout is white and green, with a succession of flowering bulbs and perennials offset against evergreens. ‘I watched a TV programme in which Monty Don visited this French garden that was all box hedging and white flowers — it really resonated with me,’ she explains. Hydrangeas and roses are her favourite flowers — ‘I find them so calming’ — and are teamed up with agapanthus, geraniums, lilies, cosmos, busy-lizzies and fuchsias in boundary borders. A small gate leads directly from the terrace into the white garden, passing between between two silver birches and white standard roses and onto a path engulfed in a mass of ‘Annabelle’ hydrangeas. ‘They look spectacular en masse, so why would you mix them in with other flowers?’ she asks.



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