Following a major refurbishment the garden needing updating to reflect the strong architectural lines of the new, contemporary kitchen extension.

As an end of row property the kitchen and garden were overlooked by neighbouring houses on all sides, with no interesting views out. The six different boundaries were screened by horizontal and vertical batten fencing painted black to accentuate the lush greens and diffuse the boundary line. To create privacy an evergreen hedge on stilts was planted and existing trees shaped to encourage growth and density.

The design was bold and geometric with a large planting bed for seasonal interest and a raised bed for structure, scent and herbs. Each window frames a different view. Through the winter and spring white flowering perennials and bulbs accent the evergreen form and texture, contrasting with a summer explosion of purples, oranges and blues.


“I have no hesitation in recommending Sarah. She listened carefully to what I needed from my garden, and came up with innovative and beautiful solutions which, five years on, continue to delight.”

Alison, Balham