Dark & Exotic Garden

This double fronted Victorian villa sits within a conservation area, its garden had been left untouched for some time and was essentially an overgrown lawn and a few unkempt borders.

The new owners wished to create a bold, dynamic space for entertaining and to create somewhere that would be a major feature when viewed through their new glazed extension. The new owners were very keen on ‘spikey, unusual planting’ and for the vibe to be ‘dark and architectural’.

Whilst working within the conservation area guidelines we delivered a garden that incorporated a stunning reflective pool designed to magnify the feature planting, a hidden seating area, a bespoke ‘party shack’ with bar and cantilevered roof and a built in outdoor kitchen. We experimented with dark basalt-like concrete for the terrace and installed two rendered freestanding walls we named the ‘monolith’s to provide division, screening and to deliver a backdrop to the planting.


The planting towards the house is very textural with a restrained palette of silvers and blues and further from the house the planting is dark and enveloping with a palette of blacks and burgundies.


This garden is a Gardenista 2017 ‘Considered Design award’ finalist.


Photographer: John Walton