Calvin StreetContemporary Patio, London
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Hedge your bets Hedges provide shelter, dampen sound and give privacy. Some gardens will have had well-established hedges for many years. These may be so big they become very difficult to maintain, or start to look scrappy in places if they haven’t been looked after. If you want to introduce a hedge into your garden and are looking for alternatives to Leylandii or privet, you could opt for Osmanthus delavayi, Ligustrum ovalifolium ‘Aureum’, Elaeagnus pungens ‘Maculata’ or Viburnum tinus, or, for the bright red foliage, Photinia ‘Red Robin’.For another idea, try a living wall, with different species of herbaceous plants, including edibles, grown in pockets fixed to a wall. This is great for adding more interest to stark brick and you can cover any unsightly bumps and cracks.
Go up the wallIn a courtyard, green walls not only look stunning, they can cover stark surfaces and save on precious space. Having all your plants on the wall means you can keep the floor area for dining and lounging, while still having the benefit of a living garden.You don’t even have to have an enormous wall like this one; you could easily create much smaller ‘pictures’ of plants within frames. Simple, drought-resistant plants, such as sedum, make for easy maintenance as well.
One detail that isn’t original to the building is the enticing courtyard garden, which, with its lush living wall, acts as a huge, green artwork for the open-plan living area. Creating it was also the only chance of making the space habitable, since the other three walls are party walls and this was the only potential light source. The courtyard has several details that really extend the size of the living area, as well as creating a calming urban outdoor retreat. When the doors are open, the green living wall ‘functions as a lung’, says Gideon. In addition, one wall of the courtyard is entirely mirrored – very thick glass attached with battening – and this gives the illusion of more garden. ‘When it went in, the amount of daylight also increased hugely,’ Gideon adds. ‘The living wall is self-watering and is a joy,’ says Harvey. ‘We grow a lot of herbs in the wall, which is always great for cooking and giving that amazing smell when we’re dining alfresco.’Furniture set, Oceans. Living wall, Treebox.Boston dining table, Timothy Oulton. Pendant lights, Decode.