THE ORTHIC GARDEN: Mystery & enchantment
This garden is an extension of an architect designed and newly renovated Victorian house, for a professional couple living in SE central London. The garden is over-looked on three sides and its aspect is almost true North/South enabling prairie style planting. It is ±5m wide x ± 14m long. New interior finishes include polished concrete floors that extend through bi-fold glass doors from the cooking/dining area. Inside brick walls are an ochre colour textured face. Exterior walls are recycled London stocks. In style, an English country cottage garden has been prescribed by the client: Floriferous with bee friendly, fragrant planting; climbing roses, jasmine and sweet peas plus a vegetable ‘patch’. The mystery and enchantment will be found in the Victorian inspired planting scheme for this garden. The planting design will be more contemporary in translation, but identifiable to plant style with a hint of urban meadow. The garden will invite exploration and be an escape. It will have a long seasonal interest from early crocus, to late grass colour and seedpod textures. This garden will demarcate the seasons just as the countryside does. Its bounty will be fruit, vegetables, cutting flowers and herbs for its owners; with friendly food for pollinators, a place for bird song: A place of refuge.

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