Light and Dark

Kew, TW9: east facing, partly shaded courtyard.

After renting out it for years, the owner moved back and refurbished the whole house. The finishing touch was the garden. A scrubby lawn, way too much ivy and a sad raised bed, was transformed into a smart and easy to maintain space with lots of personality. The only thing we kept was the rather lovely weathered old fence, which was sensitively repaired and moved where necessary.

Colours featured in the living room décor were used to create a flow from inside to outside. The simple scheme of silvers, greys and warm wood tones holds the whole thing together. The rough wood used for the beds will ‘silver’ with age and blend with the old fence. The castellated tops of the beds allow Geraniums and Vinca to scramble through the gaps, contrasting well with strong architectural planting behind.

'Just a brief note to say how truly delighted I was with the work that you have done in my garden. Your imaginative design has totally transformed the space and the planting was everything I had hoped for. I can now look forward to years of pleasure watching it grow and develop. Thanks again.' Alex.

The beautiful ‘hit and miss’ fence inspired the lighting. Simply running LED strips between the layers created a really nice effect with just enough illumination. The LEDs, the light above the barbeque and in the garage can all be controlled remotely from inside.

A dramatic Dicksonia dominates the shady bed in the corner and a lovely Prunus ‘Umineko’ provides a focal point with dazzling white blossom in spring and good autumn colour.

The key to a successful build was precision and attention to detail. The fence adjacent to the house was repositioned to allow easier access to the garage and so the angle worked with the design.