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Kensington garden

Kensington garden
Just after completion
Just after completion
During setting-out
During setting-out
Eleven months on
Eleven months on
Bench and Fig tree
Bench and Fig tree
View through arch
View through arch
Japanese Maple and Winged Spindle
Japanese Maple and Winged Spindle

The clients had just moved into a large Victorian terrace in the heart of Kensington and wished to create an entirely new garden from scratch. The garden needed to look mature and settled from day one, with a relaxed and informal feel. Flower colour was considered of secondary importance to leaf colour, texture and form.

 

The existing garden had a rather staid and formal air, with many large planters containing clipped topiary and a number of haphazard shrubs laid out along its length.

 

It was clear that the new garden needed to contain one or more subdivisions so as to help diminish the linearity of the space. A metal archway bounded by a Magnolia and a Loquat focuses attention through a narrow Clematis-covered gap towards an roughly oval area containing a bench alongside a Fig tree. A bronze ornament will also feature in this section. The space then narrows sharply again through a gap bounded by black Bamboo and another Magnolia to open out into an area with a woodland glade feel, terminating with a Japanese Maple, around which the path snakes out to the back gate.

 

The garden was commissioned and executed within a four week period, the on-site works to plant and install the irrigation taking one week.