Highgate Garden Design
The clients of this Highgate Garden contacted London Garden Designer in Dec 2011, after seeing some of my work in House and Garden Magazine. They had recently moved into the house and were keen to have the garden ready for summer. The brief was fairly open, although one specific request was for a Garden Lodge to be used as a Gym and art room. This was something that would require planning permission so I set this in motion whilst I got on with designing the rest of the garden. The ground floor of the house opened out onto a deck that was one metre from the lawn level, and felt quite exposed to the surrounding neighbours. The garden also sloped across its width by about 1.5 m, so I needed to incorporate this into the design.
Photos by Marianne Majerus
It was important that as you walked into the kitchen and lounge, there was an immediate focal point that distracted from the surrounding Highgate buildings. I designed a patio area with Cor-ten steel panels, and fire pit that led you across a small pool, and onto a long bench that transported you into a Silver Birch Tree copse with an understorey of woodland plants. From here there were hidden stepping-stones that led directly to the garden lodge.
We installed new bespoke boundary hardwood fencing to the whole garden, and planted pleached Hornbeams, with high panels of 1.5m above the fence height. This immediately framed the space and created privacy for the client.
We kept the deck, but removed the balustrade and built planting beds and long stone steps around its perimeter. This had the effect of anchoring the house to the garden, and opening up the space further. We also planted a 40m long mature hedge of Taxus baccata that led straight from the front garden through to the back garden.
This was an exciting garden to design, as the clients had such great vision and were open to new materials and ideas. Apart from the lodge that suffered planning complications, it was completed in time for summer, and now the garden lodge has also been installed. The garden is a real gem in the heart of Highgate.