HelenBirchGardenDesign

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  • urban-chic
  • urban-chic
  • urban-chic
  • urban-chic
  • urban-chic
  • urban-chic
  • urban-chic
  • urban-chic
  • urban-chic
  • urban-chic
thumb of blue and purple plants, with a reflective pond in a bowl
thumb of the garden is accessed down stairs from a deck
thumb of a rusty-look bowl is filled with water and a dwarf lily
thumb of the colour palette of plants is restricted to blues and purples
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thumb of ferns and a japanese acer in the shady border
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thumb of shady planting plays with foliage texture
thumb of unusual plants include aquilegia chrysantha 'Yellow Queen'
thumb of a dark red clematis, 'Mme Julia Correvon' climbs up a reclaimed metal frame

This is a compact, south-facing garden in Stoke Newington, N16 which is accessed from the first floor. It also backs on to the neighbours╩╝ terrace downstairs.

New, slatted fencing allows light to filter through and screens the unkempt garden next door. The new design is a clean, modern space, mainly used for entertaining, but the client is also a keen horticulturalist, so generous borders with a diverse range of wildlife-friendly and unusual plants were a must. The existing deck and stairs down to the garden were replaced and stained to complement the new slate terrace. We restricted the colour palette of plants to blues and purples, with splashes of red and orange. A reflective pond in a bowl is a focal point that ties it all together.