Islington Garden Designer
The house is a stunning contemporary design within a traditional Islington townhouse. The garden design draws on this balance of styles, whilst maximising the overall space. There is a strong underlying geometry within the garden plan that utilises key focal views and lines out from the house. The feature rear zinc panel draws your eye and entices you out. A distinctive water feature extends the width of the garden, merging into a cantilevered hardwood deck that floats around the base of an existing mature tree, enabling the owners to sit with their feet dangling in the water. In turn this deck, wraps around the boundary wall creating a secluding seating area that catches the evening sun.
Photos by Marianne Majerus
Hard landscape materials and the soft landscaping merge within a unified colour palette of greens, whites, soft greys, mauves, purples, blues and the occasional dash of magenta. The planting is predominantly herbaceous, with a mix of evergreen structure and seasonal colour. A sea of bulbs has been planted to offer early spring flowers, again using the same colour tones. Three fastigiate Amelanchier Robin Hill trees create additional screening along the boundary fence from overlooking neighbours, and provide year round interest. The rear Zinc panel is coated with a T wash to give it the appearance of aged metal, the soft blue grey, providing a subtle foil to the blues and mauves of the planting. The hardwood timber will soon age to a uniform light grey, which along with the contemporary sawn grey sandstone finishes the whole picture.
The night-time lighting is a key feature for this Islington garden, providing a subtle up lighting of trees and focal points, with the addition of decorative hanging moonray lights from the existing crab apple. The client is able to enjoy the garden year round and into the shorter evenings, the addition of a fire pit providing additional warmth after dusk.