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Antonia Schofield

World-inspired patio in London with a potted garden and no cover. —  Houzz
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james_teatherJames Teather wrote:18 April 2020
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    antonia schofield garden design
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    Hi James - The owners of this garden share my love of plants that are exotic in look but can cope with our climate -so all the main plants used -bamboo, bananas, cannas, ferns and tree ferns give a very 'lush' semi tropical feel - in general this look is low maintenance - but these plants require good watering -so an irrigation system is useful for keeping them looking their best!! Many thanks Antonia

jillpcherryjillpcherry wrote:29 March 2017
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    antonia schofield garden design
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    Hi Jill Thank you for your interest in this garden project - the retaining wall is made from brieze blocks...its the paint colour that makes them look so good -from Farrow & Ball called 'Railings" ...Best!

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Kate Burt added this to How to Make Your Garden Feel More Private16 March 2021

Bamboo Georgia cautiously recommends this fast-growing tropical plant. “There’s a lot of controversy around bamboo, but it can provide a wonderfully tall evergreen screen,” she says. The issue is that bamboo’s roots are incredibly invasive and travel horizontally, even from ‘clump forming’ varieties. “They will pop up in neighbours’ gardens and destroy sheds and so on,” she explains. “I still specify bamboo, but only planted in a strong metal trough above ground level. Many of the membranes you can use just aren’t strong enough to contain the roots. If you plant into a trough, make sure you fertilise regularly with a seaweed fertiliser.”

Claudia De Yong Garden Design added this to How to Make the Most of Your Courtyard Garden28 March 2019

Go big and boldHaving large-leaved plants in a small area may seem counterintuitive, as you might assume bigger foliage would make an area feel smaller. However, the opposite can be true. Bold plants can add valuable height and form, while bringing a sense of seclusion to your courtyard.Combine different jungle-style plants and team them with dark walls to add drama to the space.

Amanda Pollard added this to 7 Ways to Create a Tropical Garden31 May 2018

Make a big statement in a small spaceDon’t let a compact outdoor area cramp your style. Go large with your planting to create a small tropical garden with species such as the banana palm, seen on the right of this courtyard. The giant leaves are a generous feature that add depth and interest to the small space. Tropical-style planting works particularly well in a seating area like this, as the dense greenery gives the area a cosy feel.

Jo Froude added this to Garden Tour: A Small City Garden Gets a Lush Makeover21 April 2017

A mixture of flooring adds visual interest underfoot. “They wanted to keep a tiny strip of herringbone brick from the previous garden,” says Schofield. “Then I used an Indian sandstone in a grey/brown tone because of its weathered, vintage look.”

Patricia Tyrrell Living Landscapes added this to 10 Ways to Bring Your Interior Style into Your Garden7 March 2017

Welcome to the jungleBy choosing plants with large leaves and bold textures you can achieve a lush, exuberant, tropical look. Bamboos, coarse grasses, even banana plants if you have a mild climate, can give the effect. Other plants that would contribute well to the look would be rhododendrons, schefflera and, of course, all kinds of ferns.

What Houzz users are commenting on:

Michelle Estephane added this to My ideas4 days ago

This scheme would work perfectly in my garden

North Leeds Garden Design added this to NLGD - Focus on Foliage4 September 2021

If you have a sheltered, warm garden then plants with a jungly feel like banana musjoo, tree ferns and cannas are possible....but take care to keep them well-drained and unfrosted in winter.

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