Landscape Designer: Bartholomew Landscaping
Despite residing in a magnificent grade 1 listed house within the beautiful location of Queens Anne’s Gate, London our client was overlooked and felt exposed to a neighbouring office building, which deterred them from using and enjoying their courtyard garden.
The most important element of our brief was first and foremost to deal with the privacy aspect for which we proposed the construction of a curvaceous retaining wall in order to elevate the planting of a number of trees including a fast growing flowering evergreen, thus creating a surrounding canopy and intimate space offering the much needed privacy.
The curvaceous nature of the wall was to add an air of fluidity, moving away from the obvious geometric layouts, which also created an exciting and interesting conflict against the formality of the orangery. The top of the feature wall was finished with bespoke hard wood timber slats to offer addition seating.
The paved area was finished in an antiqued Egyptian limestone with a smooth warm finish.
The boundary wall was surrounded with a bespoke trellis painted to match the colour of the orangery for continuity, offering further privacy from a selection of evergreen, flowering plants.
The planting consisted of a selection of standard evergreen and deciduous trees such as flowering Acacia Delbata used for the stunning early display of yellow flowers, along with other multi stemmed trees such as Birch Jacquemontii for the striking white stems during in the winter months and later spring flowering Cornus Kousa for the beautiful creamy white flowers and vibrant autumn colour. Under planting consisted of a selection of hardy flowering herbaceous plants and seasonal bulbs that will provide interest throughout the seasons.
Stainless steel light fittings were installed to illuminate key trees along with a computer controlled irrigation system.
As the trees continue to develop and create the screening and privacy required, the clients now feel like they now have yet another inviting wonderful room to their home, rather than an exposed disused courtyard, for which they also commissioned sculpture Tom Stogdon to add the final finishing touch.