This period property which is based in the Primrose Hill conservation area, was built in the mid 1800’s. Part of Chalcot Square, it had a long, overgrown and rather dense garden.

The build was completed in the summer of 2014, the original London yellow brick garden walls were freed from a heavy blanket of dark Ivy. Smooth modern cut sandstone paving adds a level of refinement to the patio area around the house and a lower level parterre is paved with coarse red brick and ornate edging. At night the garden is lit, offering views which extend the feeling of space from the house.

The planting consists of gravel beds with relaxed perennials in shades of pink, blue and white. These are set off by edges of formal clipped box, which add formality and balance the design. Climbers were chosen to creep over the walls and will give off heady scents all year round.

The new terrace is designed for entertaining and the seating area offers a place to relax and look out towards the garden. Beautiful large jars and sculptures decorate the garden and draw the eye through it.

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Beautiful Astrantia and  Stipa Tenuissima grass, planted in gravel. Primrose Hill garden

Beautiful Astrantia and Stipa Tenuissima grass, planted in gravel.
Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Primrose Hill garden

Astrantia and  Stipa Tenuissima. Primrose Hill garden

Astrantia and Stipa Tenuissima. Primrose Hill garden

Colours

Colours

Sculpture can be so important in an outdoor space; it creates focus, intensifies the sense of place and relates to the vegetation, light and the seasonality of a garden.

We also love it when sculptures are used as physical punctuation; at the end of a long view, they become a full stop, or a comma as they lead onto another space or another sculpture.

We love the work of Charlotte Mayer, a Goldsmiths graduate. One of her pieces ‘The Thornflower’ commemorates the death of her grandmother in Treblinka at the hands of the Nazis, but at the same time represents the hope of reconciliation. Her work has wonderful movement and would enchant and enhance the right space.

More information on Charlotte can be found on The Garden Gallery’s website, amongst many other talented artists.

The Thornflower

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This week we have started searching out inspiration for a client in Primrose Hill. This client is a good friend whose garden is overlooked by wonderful towering London Plane trees, they give the whole garden a lovely verdant feel and their movement is pleasing. However, whilst appreciating their beauty, she finds herself a bit disappointed at the shade they leave her …

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This exquisite garden, designed by Citylaboratory for Les Jardins de Métis, is a fine example of designing with clarity. The egg shaped pool captures the beauty of the surrounding nature, reflecting and so transforming the space into a garden that sings with simplicity.

Citylaboratory say that “ROTUNDA is an elemental garden, based on an atmospheric and poetic perception of materials, light, plants and the passing of time. It is a reflection on the fundamental themes of the art of the garden.

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The garden is to be filled with water at the beginning of its life and to be left to evolve over time, becoming a climate register device. It will be sensible to changing light conditions, fluctuations in temperature and humidity, rainfall and evaporation.

Photo by Carlos Comendador

Water is used as a raw material to create a reflecting surface. The container is simply a frame that suspends water above the ground; a homogenous black object, assembled in a direct way, minimizing the expression of assembly joints and the contact with the ground.

The garden will over time accumulate leaves, dust and pollen, be inhabited by birds and insects, leading to the cultivation and growth of new life within the garden.”

The garden won 1st Prize International Design Competition.

 

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Photo by Carlos Comendador

After some time away watering and tending to my seedling daughter, I am again designing, writing and back in my garden.

We have not rested an our laurels, however – we have continued to search out inspiration; we have completed several projects and we have spent a lot of time planning the future for Cat Howard studios.

Beautiful meadow planting - happy summer everyone

Beautiful meadow planting – happy summer everyone

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