Patricia's GardenTransitional Garden, London
Patricia’s garden is an eclectic mix of both traditional & contemporary surrounding her 18th Century Thatched Cottage. She is passionate about edible gardening and so proudly sites 4 raised vegetable beds in her front garden, together with a large pottage border for productive planting, edged with a crisp low Buxus hedge. Central to the front garden is an established Willow which sets off the cottage beautifully. Access to the side of the house is through a decorative metal gate, through to a contemporary Courtyard garden which is minimalist in style and made private with a tall Taxus (Yew) hedge and contains a Balau hardwood deck for early morning breakfast and tea. A contemporary border with Miscanthus and Phlomis, mulched with slate, links the contemporary courtyard garden through to the rear garden. Patricia’s rear garden is very much about entertaining and she was fortunate enough to reinstall her RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009 Garden (Outdoor Kitchen ‘Freshly Prepped’) into her own garden, so this nests in a corner, and is bordered by buttery yellow Bamboos (Phyllostachys aurea). The outdoor kitchen includes a Green Wall, massive hardwood chopping board, breakfast bar, sofa area, wine chiller and even a kitchen sink! There are 3 seating areas in total here, a powdery blue pergola adjacent to the cottage, covered with Wisteria, Clematis and a Vine, and a further raised hardwood deck (Ipe) which houses an elegant chocolate brown rattan dining table and chairs. There are elements of sculpture/ornaments dotted around, including 2 Iron Cats decorating a wall, and a pair of coppery Herons.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
7. Climb the wallsNot enough room for a horizontal garden? Vertical vegies can still feed a crowd, and create a gorgeous focal point. Buy ready-made pockets and fill them with good quality potting mix. It is best to plant densely so there are no ugly gaps (and it slows drying out). Check the manufacturer’s info for irrigation instructions, as a vertical plant wall will need frequent watering. Tip: Plants look most effective in mass groupings. Mix and match coloured lettuces and herbs, and tuck in swathes of bright flowers – marigolds (Calendula officinalis) to keep away bugs, blue flowers to attract bees. Feed regularly for lush foliage and replace plants as soon as they start to get leggy.