New Barnet, Hertfordshire
This garden design was inspired by the layout of the plot; the garden wraps around the house, lending itself to zoning into different ‘rooms’. As a keen gardener, the client had created a diverse plant list so we grouped the plants into themes of style and habitat. Following these themes, we divided the garden into distinct areas, which provide different views from each window and perform different functions.
• A Mediterranean Garden used for entertaining and dining. Here you find a mature characterful olive tree and bespoke pizza oven surrounded by Lavender, Italian Cyprus, Verbena, Salvia, Sedums and grasses. Bespoke cedar pergolas and trellis provide screening and lead to other areas of the garden.
• A Japanese Garden showcases the existing stunning Acer which is surrounded by a low curved quartz paddle-stone wall. Water falls gently from a bamboo water spout into a traditional Japanese granite water basin, which in turn, gently overflows to a small babbling stream, leading to a circular pebble pool. Other features include a magnificent cloud pruned tree, under-planted with evergreen Carex, and the black grass, Ophiopogon. The planting scheme is predominantly green and white including Japanese Anemones, Hydrangeas, grasses and ferns.
• The Woodland Walk leads you from the front gravel driveway to the rear gardens. Here, multi-stemmed Himalayan Birch trees under-planted with animated groups of large box balls, ferns, Hellebores and other shade loving plants flank the gravel path.
The various areas are pulled together by the use of materials, including granite plank paving and gravel.
Construction by Lanwarne Landscapes Ltd.