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Islington garden

Islington garden
Just after completion
Just after completion
Steps detail
Steps detail
Computer graphic
Computer graphic
Rain brings out the colour
Rain brings out the colour
Lighting detail
Lighting detail
After completion
After completion

The clients had just moved into a Grade II listed early Victorian end-of-terrace property in Islington and wanted to revive the outdoor space to provide a welcoming and relaxing retreat, with plenty of scope for entertaining. The existing garden had a rather hard and unwelcoming aura about it with high brick walls on all four sides as well as a raised bed behind yet more brickwork.

 

To create a softer and more welcoming feel to the space it was evident that a warmer and more yielding hardlandscaping material would be required, leading to the idea of a sustainable timber element. Preferring to steer clear of chemically preserved softwoods, Opepe timber was chosen for its extreme durability, its warm coloration, and because of its suitability for use as a decking timber as well as a structural timber. At the time of purchase, FSC certification had not been awarded for the Opepe, but the FSC award was only weeks away and so with assurances from the timber supplier the project went ahead with Opepe.

 

Decking was desired in at least part of the garden space, and a sympathetic contrast was then found with the incorporation of Porphyry paving in random lengths set at an angle to the primary geometry as a foil to the rectilinear design.

 

The structural timber was used to further subdivide the space as interlocking sections were continued out into the open areas in the form of low slatted screens. The interlocking pattern of the structural timber was then repeated to create a short flight of steps leading from the garden to a raised doorway into a garage.

 

The raised beds gave scope for planting on three levels, with lush foliage planting in the shady areas giving way to sun-loving shrubs and perennials against the south-facing end wall. Climbing plants on many of the walls further help to soften and green the expanses of brickwork.

 

The garden was expertly built by Landscaping Solutions Ltd, who also installed the lighting and automatic irrigation system: http://www.landscapingsolutionsltd.co.uk/