Chelsea I

This family garden in Chelsea was redesigned to make maximum use of the relatively small space, while maintaining privacy for the owners. It was also important to ensure that views through the house were continued through to a focal point in the garden.

Espaliered crab apple trees were planted around the perimeter, and underplanted with a mixture of box topiary, azaleas, and hydrangeas, in Atelier Vierkant pots. Just off centre, but giving the impression of symmetry from within the house, a zinc water feature was installed, flanked on either side by coach house lanterns and pots. A small terrace of travertine stone was laid outside the back door, and the rest of the garden was laid to lawn.

In the basement light wells, black bamboo was planted in custom made pots, and their canopies were raised to expose the black stems against the brick wall. At night, mini LED spike lights cast shadows through the bamboo and onto the wall behind.

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