The owners of this incredibly stylish house in London had an overgrown, wild garden that required a new layout and build. Two sets of black Crittall doors at the back of the kitchen created a certain drama and backdrop, introducing the unusual shaped garden. We chose a layout with the atmosphere of a courtyard, using existing plants including a mature bamboo and Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’. Our collage of hard landscaping used same sized Yorkstone riven paving, blocks of pretty planting and small blocks of Herringbone brickwork, creating both a sanctuary and resonance with the house.
Cali designed a formal parterre box garden for the rear of a flat in Bloomsbury, London. Traditional York stone paving was used and edged with brick at each end of the garden, with added blocks of yew hedging complementing the light gravel path and brick walls. The planting married silvers and purples including Teucrium ball, Nepeta ‘walkers low’, agapanthus ‘Megan’s Mauve’ and the very pretty Phlox paniculata ‘Mount Fuji’.
We were asked to create a rear garden for this contemporary and newly renovated house in Queens Park, London. Cali set to work using a combination of grey coloured materials and textures, combined with pops of pinks, greens and purples in the planting. A dark grey painted block of hardwood decking was set within the smooth, contemporary sawn sandstone paving and edged with a rendered seating area. Grey-painted smooth fence panels, with a horizontal lateral trellis, provide crucial screening in addition to blocks of Fagus sylvatica hedging. We used subtle spot lighting in contrast with dramatic up-lights. The planting has a contemporary feel; Pyllostachys aurea and Stipa gigantea look striking against the grey backgrounds and under planted with the purples and reds of Nepeta ‘walkers low’, Astrantia major ‘Rubra’ and Verbena bonariensis.
Our mission was to transform a residential rear garden in London, into a secluded, family-orientated retreat. The entire space needed clearing before work began. Despite the space being relatively small, we were able to include a new hardwood shed with a large circular window at the bottom of the winding gravel and brick path. We chose a pretty planting plan; scented roses and herbs such as sweet, feathery fennel were interplanted, creating height and drama. The combination of the purple tones in the slender Verbena bonariensis and Lavandula, set against the deep reds and dark stems of the Astrantia ‘major’ Claret and Peony ‘Buckeye Belle’ and the neat green box balls, continue to create a peaceful retreat throughout the year.
The owner of this Fulham house in London is an interior designer and had recently renovated her home with a contemporary, urban style. Cali designed a garden to compliment the house, keeping in mind the garden views from the first floor terrace as well as from the ground floor. Cali’s team created a stylish, elegant journey from the upper terrace down the modern steel staircase into the garden space, using simple materials and formal low maintenance planting to soften the new renovations. New pleached Carpinus betulus were planted for privacy and beneath, a frothy mix of Verbena bonariensis, Geranium patricia, Nepeta ‘walkers low’, Alchemilla mollis and Lavandula hidcote.
Our client wanted to keep a mature pear tree in the centre of this neglected garden, behind a newly renovated Victorian townhouse. We were asked to create an urban and contemporary space, including a kitchen garden. Cali designed three areas with little nooks to sit, cook, relax and garden in. Chunky wooden benches with slate tops, combined with a herringbone pathway and a central gravel area created a natural and calming feel to the layout. The planting included a series of beautiful shrubs such as the striking Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ and Rosa glauca mixed with contemporary grasses such as Calmagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ and Stipa gigantea. We planted some espaliers in the kitchen garden such as Victoria plum and Cherry Stella combined with several apple varieties.
We worked on creating a series of five alternative planted areas in this large country garden. This included a wild and beautifully planted herbaceous border, edged with stilted hornbeams and beech hedges. Large ceramic urns were set centrally within herringbone brickwork blocks of paving. Two traditional brick columns lead you through to the orchard, a magical and ethereal place blossoming in the spring and producing apples in the autumn. Beneath the apple trees, a hand carved twisting oak bench with wooden spheres rests on the flat, textured surface. Cloud-pruned box, Alchemilla mollis and Digitalis purpurea ‘Alba’, create an inviting and pretty scene at the front of the house.