Highbury Garden Design
Tucked away within the Canonbury Conservation Area, sits this small, compact London garden. The existing garden was dominated by large shrubs, and a 1.2m high retaining wall that fragmented the garden space, and overpowered the kitchen view. Our primary objective in designing the garden was to open up the space, and create a seamless flow out from the house.
Photos by Emma Voit
As you step out, we have created a new sawn oak deck that is flush with the kitchen floor and now extends back 3.5 m, allowing ample room to fit a table. A built in oak floating timber bench hugs the boundary wall and to link the garden together and make it fun, we have created a board walk that starts at the bench, and takes you all the way through to the rear, acting as a secondary path through the planting and lawn. Oak and corten are the unifying features in this garden. A focal corten panel draws your eye as you look out, but also hides bike storage and a door onto the road. Two ornamental Pyrus 'Chanticleer' are planted in front of this panel, breaking up the lawn area and providing some height to help screen the neighbours overlooking windows. The corten details are again picked up in the panel behind the timber bench, and in the low retaining walls, with sawn oak sleeper treads.
We have created a planting bed on the lower patio, to bring some greenery closer to the house, and have designed a simple but contemporary horizontal slatted cedar fence that unifies the boundary and hides the neighbour's extension. The top few rows have wider gaps above the existing fence line, to create privacy, but still allow light to filter through. The planting is simple to keep the upkeep down, but enough to balance the more architectural features. The clients were committed to embracing a more contemporary style of garden within a traditional Highbury house and are delighted with the results.