My delightful clients at this house in north London have been very focussed about creating additional habitat in their front and rear gardens. They want more birds and insects and a pond too for the frogs in their garden. The gardens were in a neglected and overgrown condition but they had great bone structure with gorgeous York stone slab paving that would have been a crime to remove.
I wanted to retain the natural charm of the space without too much ‘designery’ intervention. To do this I reordered the layout and retained or repositioned the York stone to frame newly formed and larger planting beds. These have a curved form where possible for a bit of a different bite. Baton trellis added a crisp edge and an angular shelving unit some extra contemporary fun. A small pond and living roof to the new built tool store created additional habitat value as do small log and rock piles distributed across the beds.
The planting strategy is ornamental yet with a naturalistic emphasis. It is full of wildlife friendly plants offering a variety of food, shelter and nectar across the seasons that will appeal to birds, insects and aquatic wildlife. There is plenty of room for my clients to enjoy the plants too!
The garden has only recently been planted and I am looking forward to watching it develop and finding out about the wildlife that visits.