I am a design and build specialist for contemporary gardens, landscapes and roof terraces based in north London. The company builds a wide variety of projects, from a smallpatio design to larger family gardens, with a major speciality in roof gardens. In town, I have always been asked for low maintenance and this has evolved into an important element of all my projects. I offer a design and installation full build service in London.
CONTEMPORARY SMALL GARDENS.
For me, creating a garden is about maximising the potential of a place – creating a story through a narrative of details, as I find every outdoor space can possess beauty and meaning. I feel inspired designing in a contemporary vernacular, though I try to produce timeless pieces in the use of materials,
shapes and volumes – I do not want my gardens to date rapidly, but to age gracefully.
LONDON COURTYARDS AND PATIOS.
Contemporary garden design in London often calls for minimal upkeep; a small courtyard gardenought to feel spacious; large open land needs terraces with comforting human scale. Yet every outdoor room, be it a secluded courtyard, a mediterranean garden or a soaring roof terrace, needs to relate to the landscape beyond. The feeling of completeness we find in beautiful gardens, regardless of size or location, derives from a connection to their surroundings: a sense of place that gives tranquillity – and peace.
LOW MAINTENANCE DESIGN.
When working in and around central London for busy City folk the likelihood is that many do not have the experience, the interest or the time for horticulture. It is important to find out the level of gardening experience the client has and whether they will tender it to a professional, as this will determine the complexity of the design.
Working in a contemporary vernacular, in penthouses and rooftops I tend to use simple, bold textural drifts. There are certain things I try and avoid: complicated pruning, perennials needing constant division and lifting and flora that require too much winter protection.
Many evergreens provide the visual focal points needed to choreograph modern garden spaces. The correct positioning in sun or shade, soil, drainage, watering and feeding lead to high performance and eases cultivation.