A picture garden for a chic townhouse in Dulwich

Proof that size is no object, this bijou garden has depth that belies its size, thanks to a rich palette of textural rusts and browns, across two levels. Bespoke corten steel and Dutch clay pavers create warmth and depth, and a great base for a simple palette of plants chosen for their movement and character.
Jungly shapes jostle alongside grasses and greens,  and a custom-built hardwood bench that makes the most of the space.

The selective palette of plants were chosen to deliver maximum effect in a small space - tall spires of Miscanthus waft over shaggy mounds of Hakonechloa, and a trio of sultry burgundies Persicaria, Sanguisorba and Astrantia create a colour story that is picked up in the corten and pavers. 

Evergreen Jasmine has begun to cover the fencing and will eventually ensconce the space in a veil of fragrant blooms. 

Architect : Rosie McClaren

Interiors : Christian Bense

Contractor : London Hardscapes 

Photography : Billy Bolton

Completed : June 2023