This stunning compact chic garden is situated in the grounds of an impressive newly renovated home in the heart of Kensington, west London. The original garden had been removed to allow for a large basement media room to be constructed underneath, the structure was then covered with up to one metre of soil and substrate, returning garden back to ground level.
Reclaimed London yellow stock bricks were used to build walls around the boundary, with square trellis added to give additional height. Although the space is compact we managed to successfully incorporate a lawn, planting beds, water feature and small patio.
Sawn York stone was used for the patio and steps down to a basement area, whilst the planting consisted of Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), Heuchera 'Palace Purple', Alchemilla mollis (Lady's-mantle) and grasses such as Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster' and Molinia caerulea.
Trachelospermum jasminoides (Star jasmine) were planted along the side walls to eventually fill out along the trellis and create more privacy.
Two large roof lights to let light into the basement below run in a line close to the rear wall, these were partly hidden by a border of Buxus sempervirens hedging.
A classical lion's head water fountain was hidden within dense planting along one of the boundary walls to help muffle the sound of traffic from the surrounding busy roads.
A row of evergreen pleached lime trees (Tilia europaea) were planted to provide additional all year privacy from the neighbouring property, whilst also adding a mature feeling to the garden.