This large family garden in Hampstead has been designed to give areas for dining and entertaining, with a large lawn for football, and a concealed area at the rear for the oval Trampoline. Existing mature plants have been retained with the addition of large areas of herbaceous plants for colour and interest through the seasons. Lavender borders surround the seating areas with lots of roses and scented plants. The area at the rear has a mediterranean influence with tall cypress trees to break site lines and shrubs and herbaceous for structure and colour. the white paving is elegant and simple in proportion to echo the cool contemporary interior. this has been recently completed and we look forward to more photos as the planting matures.
The front drive is laid to bonded gravel with details of clay pavers and the same classic cool paving as the rear garden. Bespoke electric gates and low maintenance planting green up the drive, whilst allowing parking for several cars. all fits together to complement the house and gives privacy without being a hard barrier to entering the property.
Chelsea Flower Show
'He wishes for the cloth's of Heaven' inspired by the poetry of WB Yeats.
The pale bark of a row of trees may recall a moment in a Bergman film, Hobbema's The Avenue or a road trip through provincial France. We bring memories to gardens and take new memories away. This small garden design by Julie Zeldin achieves evocation through simplicity. White end and side walls, a row of trees, a rectangle of decking, a raised circular mound of lawn tangential to it, a mass of herbaceous plants in the end corner, the whole is a complete unit, graceful and formal. But each individual element is also a whole within the whole, the ferns abutting the lawn recalling a forest path, the tall grasses alongside the decking a river-bank, the sloping lawn Titania's magic bed, and so on. Putting the composition together is where the artistry lies. Contemporary timelessness, elegant compactness - a moments reflection and one recalls that the defining totem of chic has a similar timeless simplicity that masks its artistry- Chanel's little black dress- Conway Lloyd Morgan - Messedesign Jahrbuch
Lighting,Sculpture, and and a densely functional space for people,entertaining and two little dogs.
A beautiful Magnolia is the centre piece of the terrace area. The new terrace and steps link the house to the large garden, in a contemporary stone with brick details to echo the house. Decks and paths give other options for sitting and playing, leaving the central area free for games and parties. A play frame to the side and bespoke storage are included for functional effective use of the side area. Planting includes the mature trees an site and herbaceous planting around the borders and in front of the house give plenty of interest and changing colour and texture. Lighting around the garden is subtle with sparkles in the decks which glow in the dark and step lights which give a sense of the house extending through the space.
An Asian influenced garden to be viewed from the new glass extension with Acers for structure and autumn colour. Ferns and moss like plants cover large granite boulders which create a landscape as a 'Viewing Garden' from the house. Pebbles in different sizes give texture and crunch to the design. Herbaceous borders and a structural planting of Box balls anchor the new decks to the house, whilst Grasses and Birch trees add grace and movement. New contemporary fences and divisions make garden areas which form a whole but allow a journey from one area to another to discover new views and activities.
A softly formal contemporary space for relaxing and entertaining. Pleached trees and tall Bay trees in a tear drop shape add height and structure. Cool paving with subtle changes in height add interest and separate the garden into functional rooms but work together as a whole. Mirrors extend the views and reflect the plants and lights making night time more interesting. Planting is French influenced with topiary and lush green textured leaves. Iris Jane Phillips, scented Star Jasmine and Rosa Iceberg work to give a cool palette of Blues and Whites in this intense but elegant garden. The garden is seen from the glass dining area at the rear of the house and has to work hard all year to give the clients a lovely back drop to their busy lives throughout the seasons.
A Water Wall at the rear of this long narrow garden in West london reflects light and the lush planting surrounding the dining area. The sound is tranquil and soothing.. Further down the garden towards the house the palette is green and white with clipped Yew hedges for structure and white roses for scent and romance. Herbs grow through the herbaceous planting adding scent. A pergola encloses a seating space and allows the garden to have several garden rooms and a small pathway for pausing and reflection.
Eel Pie Island, Twickenham
A small riverside garden for sitting and eating whilst admiring the river and watching the boats go by. Surfaces and textures were important, plants tumble within the structure and herbs are included to add to the BBQ... sunny and peaceful its another room added to a beautiful little 60's house filled with vintage and contemporary gems. Lovely French Feature pots are filled with Pheasants Tail grasses which sway in the breeze and have exotic foliage tints which change seasonally. Wild strawberries for breakfast. The paving is Silver Granite with Mother of Pearl Mosaic tiles. There are storage cupboards and low seats in the decking design which is made from Garapa.
A steeply sloping site in Hampstead with a derelict garden has been transformed into a modern classic. The house was completely refurbished and a large glass extension built onto the rear. Being in the extension is like being outside so the garden has to work to surround the glass and yet give privacy from the road. The planted black metal pergolas, with densely filled raised planters form a green and flowery screening to this side of the space. The Decks and sloping walkway lead to the seating area at the rear so the clients can walk along and through the plants and trees. Slatted fences are used to lift and divide the space, both functional and sculptural. The planters and retaining walls are rendered and painted in 3 tones of grey, adding drama and soft colour to reflect the interior. Woodland planting is used in shady areas and there are lots and lots of peach and pink tulips in spring. the plants go off like fireworks all year round making it exciting to look over the garden and as an invitation to go outside and see what is happening next.
Chelsea College of Art, Millbank
Chelsea College of Art is housed in a beautiful building on Millbank. After major refurbishment the neglected courtyard to the rear of the banqueting suite was designed and built as a quiet corner of the site for the staff to use as a garden and also as a space for events generated by the Function rooms above. A simple soft solution was needed as the fabric of the building is listed and there are some very real practical problems to do with major drainage issues under this area. the triangular shape and multiple use meant that grass and gravelled areas worked well with strong lines achieved with the use of French oak timbers piercing the flat areas for dynamics and textural change. Planting is woodland copse. Large coppiced Hazels, Amelanchier canadensis and robust perennials fill the space with soft colour. Some architectural plants such as Euphorbias and Digitalis run through the scheme, shots of dark blue/purple from Aquilegia will glow in the borders. Grasses like Luzula sylvatica wave about,giving a country courtyard feel to a peaceful space in the centre of the city.
A spectacular new build house next to Richmond Park.The garden includes a swimming pool , garden studio, terraces and seating areas. the front garden is curved, leading to a central water feature and pool for carp.the bronze ball is patinated and a lovely colour.
Yew hedges enclose the space with Magnolias, cherry trees and amelanchier for height. A box parterre defines the curves with an interior planting of shrubs and herbaceous plants for scent and colour. The front door is framed by Italian cypress and clipped box. Further into the garden, a sweeping lawn is curved round the site and filled with a huge variety of structural and flowering plants.
West london, Small Courtyard Garden
A small modern space with some fun coloured walls for a client and her cats to spend lots of time together in the summer. Figs, jasmine and wavy grasses, an olive for a mediterranean touch, and some bamboo for screening. All works together to make a 'room outside'.