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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

We have been hard at work on this roof terrace for a wonderful large eco house in Holland Park. The house is a large, minimal new build and the owners are keen gardeners that wanted something beautiful to be in and look at from their bedroom window.

Currently the whole space is decked and pretty characterless, although it has some good London views and overlooks a working community garden space.

We wanted to make the space as green and secluded as possible, there are views through two large sliding glass doors out onto the terrace, one from the hallway and study area and one from the clients bedroom, so it is the first thing they see upon waking.

Particular attention was paid to the impact of the weight bearing of the building so Cat Howard worked alongside FORM Structural Design to achieve the most suitable solution. The paving was laid on a Caro support system and the planters were part filled with polystyrene blocks and then GT4 low bulk density soil to keep them within weight. The terrace also has a full irrigation system for the summer months and lighting which highlights the plants atmospherically, lengthening the use of the terrace on warm evenings and providing a beautiful night time view from the house.

Large deep planters line the edges and a single central planter defines the dining area from the seating area, and trees will provide lovely green screening from the neighbours but not block them out or cut the owners off from their community.

The ground is cut grey sandstone with strips of gravel in which Thyme and Chamomile will be planted and which will release scent when walked upon. In this way and others the planting plan pays particular attention to olfactory perception, something which was of utmost importance to the client.

The garden is now complete and awaiting spring for its first proper photoshoot.

A big thank you goes out to The Outdoor Room whose experienced team carried out the build on the roof terrace with great efficiency and to a quality finish.

Before
The space as it was

Before

Glass doors

View out to terrace

Work commences and the old terrace is taken apart
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Work commences

The stone paving and the generous planters go in and planting commences
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The Outdoor Room hard at work
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Planting and the finishing touches

We will upload photos of the finished garden after it has had some time to establish this spring.

Here are the mood images and the planting plan

View from bedroom

View from top

Planting plan

This metal and sand garden by London based artist Zadok Ben David, is made up of 12,000 cut steel flowers & plants. The botanical specimens make up a monochrome field, hence the title Blackfield. When you walk round the piece the flowers take on glorious painted technicolour.

Ben David has made some other wonderful installations including Sunny Moon and his wonderful human figure Leftovers, we love them for their potential use in an outdoor space.

Blackfield

Sunny Moon

Leftovers

;Original Caption: Schachblume, Fritillaria me...

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Fritillaria meleagris
 – a flower from the family Liliaceae

Grow to 15-40cm in height and flower now, from March to May

The Snakes Head Fratilleri stunning European native 100% deserves to be adored, with its dirty earthy purple tones speckled with white, its delicate bell flowers look like they would tempt fairies to use them as hats. They love damp soil and river meadows and they are known to create a beautiful blanket cover in a grasslands, although it would probably take a lifetime to achieve this as they spread slowly but imagine what a blanket of these could do for your soul. Happy spring time one and all.

This is a watercolour by Charles Renie Macintosh

“On sunless days in winter, we shall know
By whom the silver gossamer is spun,
Who paints the diapered fritillaries,
On what wide wings from shivering pine to pine the eagle flies.”

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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