This long but narrow town garden in north London had become very overgrown during a long period of building work. New seating areas were required, and a pathway leading from the house to the studio room at the bottom of the garden. The owners wanted to retain two mature fruit trees to the left hand side but apart from that gave the Urban Hedgerow a blank slate to work with.
We quickly discovered we had a love of Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) in common and decided to make these the centrepiece of the ‘gravel garden’, an area about one third of the way down, so that the Acers could be clearly seen from the house.
London Stone’s clean white porcelain tiles in Sandy White were chosen for the patio extending from the bifold doors and the same slabs were used for the path down to the studio.