It's been a while since we have featured great gardens, but the drought is now over with this stunning creation by the acclaimed British Landscape Designer Tom Stuart-Smith.
Tom is a multi-award winning designer (winning 3 Best in Show at the Chelsea Flower Show over the years) and is known for his ability to create contemporary modern spaces with strong naturalistic themes.
This London garden is a striking illustration of that.
The client's house had undergone a recent renovation by architects Guard Tillman Pollock and now needed an 'exceptional' low maintenance garden to compliment it.
Tom has created a garden that almost gives you an experience of being in another time and world - a glimpse into the lush and green pre-historic times which when placed in an urban setting must give the owners such an escape from the London landscape. Tom's philosophy when designing is to take the client's on a journey of discovery and make the garden a 'place of imaginative possibility'.
Even from the street, there is an inviting sense of mystery with the tops of the palm-fronds hinting at what is over the wall.
The hero plants are of course, the statement Australian Tree-ferns whose canopies can spread up to 6 metres wide. The underplanting is then strictly pared back - in fact there are only another five plants used repeatedly in the space - from boxwood for their delicious curvaceous structure, to loose feathery grasses and then climbers to scramble over the timber lined boundaries.
The garden is such a strong visual statement which draws you into it to explore. There is even a discreet sandpit at the far end. The garden may be small, but utilising giant ferns that soar upwards gives a liberating effect pushing out the perceived boundaries of the space.
We absolutely love this - how inspired do you feel?