The Secret Garden
This Victorian townhouse originally came only with a courtyard garden, but the current owners were able to acquire a substantial plot of land directly behind their courtyard, this new plot of land was essentially wasteland having been the property of the railways. Thus this became known as the secret garden as to enter it you go through an unassuming gate in the old courtyard before the space unexpectedly opens up.
The current owners left the brief fairly open stipulating that the space should allow for a home office, a swing and space for entertaining. They were keen on relaxed planting but for the overall design to feel quite crisp.
We introduced broad terracing to respond to the level change as well as to provide a display of planting for the large sheltered firepit at the lower level. We commissioned a bespoke corten swing to provide the focal point at the top of the pathway from the entrance and we introduced a large lawned area for relaxing near the home office pod.
The planting begins with a restrained green and white scheme at the lower darker levels of the garden where you first enter and then where the space opens out at the top we have added colour and a degree of blousiness.