Regency romance

Mortlake, on the river, southwest London: south facing with a huge brick wall at the end.

Taking the lead from our clients' request for lots of flowers and the Neo Georgian style of the house, we mixed in some Regency influences and made an elegant summer garden.

A courtyard with two ground level and two raised beds, built with beautiful Indian Sandstone; smart and easy to maintain. A rill divides the main patio from a small area made to hold a traditional stone bench. Planted with Vinca minor it provides a green frill across the flat surface. The intention is to complete the garden with some metal furniture and stone and lead urns, planted for extra summer colour, you can view the mood board here.

Our brief was for beds bursting with flowers. An abundance of scented roses, standards and climbers, along with a heady mix of 5 different Clematis for the back wall should do the trick. The planting is underpinned by herbaceous perennials and mixed foliage for all seasons, to soften the solid stonework with charm and informality. These images were taken on completion of the build at the end of November. We can’t wait to see it in full bloom.

The warm colour of the paving with the pinks and oranges in the planting brings this garden to life, linking the modern red brick wall with the period style house. The curved top of the fence contrasts with the square beds and completes the mood of the garden; elegant, private and a little bit romantic. 'Excellent' was the response from our client, can't ask for more than that.

A very tall Cherry tree, growing next to the fence overshadowed the garden. So much sky was revealed, by asking tree surgeons to remove it and the ton of ivy encroaching over the back wall. New fences now provide a clean, fresh border. The lawn was removed and paving slabs laid on a solid bed of mortar. Raised beds built with concrete blocks were clad with specially cut strips of stone. These strips also create a feature in the main patio. A stylish garden for a stylish location.