Chelsea I

The French owners of this garden asked for a petanque court to be incorporated into the design but wanted the garden to retain a predominantly ‘English’ feel.

The garden was therefore divided into three main areas: a terrace made from Tudor bricks, laid in a herringbone pattern, bordered on one side by an ancient Wisteria that was salvaged from the clearance and underplanted with a carpet of wild strawberries; the petanque court itself; and a lawn, with wildflowers and box balls planted around the edges.

On all three sides espaliered crab apple trees were planted, as an alternative to trellis.

Crab apples are particularly noted for their spring blossom and autumn fruits and each tree is lit from its base, framing the garden at night.

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