City Garden

The owners of this East London town house were a young, professional couple. Having recently refurbished, they wanted a stylish city garden that reflected both the modern interior and the Edwardian exterior of their house. Both keen cooks and lovers of Japanese culture, they also asked that our design include a culinary herb garden and subtle references to oriental style.

In small city gardens like this one, it’s possible to manipulate the space so that it seems larger than it is. Architectural planting of tree ferns, box balls and soft grasses created a dramatic focal point in the garden, and formed a visual screen. Behind it Julian Tatlock Landscape Design built a cool, contemporary dining area, bounded by bespoke planters made from Balau hardwood, which doubled as storage space.

We designed a lighting plan to add an atmospheric dimension to the city garden after sunset, and further expand the space. A combination of subtle spots and dramatic up lighting highlighted the foliage and bark of the structural plants, creating a sense of depth and grandeur.

Project Gallery

city garden before garden design
city garden before garden design process
city garden during build
build of city garden
city garden during construction
city garden with paving complete
bench in modern city garden
chair in modern city garden
seating and storage area in modern city garden
modern city garden with screened seating area
modern city garden with japanese influences
completed modern city garden
cat in modern city garden being built
modern city garden complete
modern city garden with seating area doubling as storage space