Antonia Schofield Garden Design
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Rustic Retreat
This was a real treat of a project – the clients who are lucky to live in a very unusually secluded and secret little road in north London had wanted to upgrade all their outside spaces - both their tiny front & back gardens. and also a very sunny roof terrace. They loved all things country & natural wanted to bring this feel to their London pad.

A little rustic front garden was created by a white picket fence boundary and a riven face sandstone terrace was laid to define the space that also had to accommodate the client’s scooter. An “L” shaped border was packed full of pretty delicate flowering shrubs such as spirea, lavender, potentilla & cistus and the quintessentially English white hawthorn tree was planted to provide beautiful may blossoms.

The back garden was very small and the clients wanted to be able to use the tiny space more efficiently and be able to put a table & chairs out and eat and entertain in the garden. They are also keen cooks so wanted to combine some culinary herbs into the new planting scheme. The same rustic paving was laid to the back garden as well as the front for continuity and rustic cedar sleeper timbers were used to create raised box planters that would also double up as perch seating.

The Planters were packed full of aromatic flowering shrubs and herbs including:

Rosemary
Lavender
Sage
Chives
Basil 7 Parsley
Geraniums
Santolina
Syringa
Hebes
Akebia quinata
Trachleospermun jasminiodes

The roof terrace came together quite easily as there already was a beautiful clematis Montana that had climbed up to the terrace and provided a garland of flowers over the balcony edge. Vintage Lloyd loom chairs were the perfect look and a selection of pots filled with scented annuals, herbaceous perennials and grasses finished of the look.

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