The client of this this small north facing London garden (5x7m), wanted to create an extra room in the house. A beautiful space to entertain before going to dinner inside. Being the client a cook who spends all day in the kitchen, having a stylish and elegant garden to look from inside all year round was very important.
I created a seamless flow from the kitchen to the garden using the same tiles on the floor and the same colour palette as the kitchen on the walls. I designed the chimney as the focal point of the garden. A wow factor for every guest that walks through the front door. We built a generous shed next to the house with natural slate tiles, yellow bricks and solid wood doors painted in the same colour as the rest of the garden. An Ibiza sail, which is easy to put up, creates an enclosed space when entertaining, away from the neighbours' gaze. We also had the kitchen door replaced for stylish Critall doors which immediately changed the feel of the space.
The planting is mainly evergreens in the shady beds: euphorbias, polystichum, liriope, sarcococca confusa, hebe, and azalea japonica. We added more colour in the sunny areas: David Austin roses that colour the garden until November, perovskia "Little Spire", astrantia roma, geranium patricia, salvia amistad, digitalis, lavandula and obviously rosmarinus officinalis, basil and thyme. Bulbs are always a must, hyacinths, tulips and alliums grow in succession making almost every month of the year an event in this tiny garden.