Town Garden, Belsize Park

A courtyard garden behind a handsome Edwardian house, opening onto a private communal garden but overlooked by nearby flats. The brief was to create a sense of privacy, make better practical use of the space and for the garden - which is constantly on view from the house - to look good throughout the year.

We installed bespoke trellising and designed an elegant gate based on a favourite photograph of an antique gate. A generous terrace of reclaimed york stone, flanked by deep beds made the garden seem much bigger. The planting is simple and classic - a pair of specimen weeping pears offer architectural presence as do groups of box, sweetly scented Sarcococca and mounds of Hydrangea 'Annabelle'. The keynote of the perennial planting is the fantastically long lasting blue Geranium ‘Rozanne’, with vertical accents of deep blue from Aconitum ‘Sparks Variety' followed by tall stands of white Japanese anemone.

The garden as we found it.

Work in progress.