Garden Design, Islington

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Design Obstacle

This Islington garden was dominated by an enormous plane tree and massive side wall, neither of which could be removed. The design used these obstacles to enhance rather than detract from a beautiful garden.

The plane tree was used as a natural dividing line between two different garden areas. Below it are two entertaining terraces, one for dining and the other for more informal gatherings. An attractive pathway then leads around the tree to a set of wide steps through the centre of deep planting beds. The steps are framed by square-clipped box and lead to a more informal upper seating area that will be surrounded by scented climbers.

The massive side wall was broken up by a set of three false windows made from mirror-backed trellis. These were stained white to echo the colour and shape of the main house windows.