This project was a challenge. The house was an early Fulham Victorian rectory but a block of flats had been built on the rear boundary and the aspect was a rather horrible modern brick wall.
We designed a raised bed in London stocks at the rear of the garden with a hardwood built-in bench. We edged the lawn with a path of Cotswold pea shingle and built a pergola out of some ancient pillars our clients had brought back from their time in the Far East.
The client and her daughter love pink and white – so that was our theme for the planting. Masses of roses, jasmine, hydrangeas, all the Mediterranean herbs and some olives to provide year round interest. As our client wanted a fig tree to remind her of her native Provence –we planted a standard ficus in the lawn to screen the bench area.
The large ugly wall has disappeared now as a very pretty romantic garden takes your eye away from it.