The brief for the gardens of this imposing townhouse on one of the capital's most desirable streets was to create a front garden with 'kerb appeal' that would enhance the setting of the property, add to the quality of the street scene and create a beautiful point of arrival for our client, their family and visitors to the property. Two linear water features, made from nero impala granite, flank the entrance pathway, simply planted with large Ilex crenata (Japanese holly) balls which contrasts with the dark grey stone. The water floods across the surface of these tables and then drops gently from one end, creating a background noise of trickling water. Two classically proportioned bottle green hardwood benches, by Andrew Crace, provide the ideal place to enjoy the sunny aspect of the garden and the calming sound of the water.
The rear garden has been designed as a living portrait, with a 30m square living wall providing a verdant backdrop. A feature Japanese maple is planted on the long axial vista through the house, providing a constantly changing scene throughout the seasons. On the other axis is a vertical water feature, crafted from nero impala granite with the surface worked to give the impression of a stream bed. As the water moves over the surface, the water reacts differently to the changing surface creating a constantly shifting pattern. Lush foliage plants edge the water pool and seating area, creating a relaxing oasis in the heart of the city.