Antonia Schofield Garden Design
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Urban Exotic
Back gardens are always intriguing …behind a normal Victorian terrace who knows what the owners have created as their own little patch of nirvana! This garden features many ‘exotic and tropical’ looking plants that can be hardy in south facing London gardens.

An exotic atmosphere was created by making split levels, a paved area for morning sunshine & coffee stepping up to a deck for evening dining. The boundaries were all stained matt black to make the architectural foliage really pop against the dark backdrop. Huge oversize pots were planted up with fig trees, which will produce a good crop of figs in a sunny year.

Architectural big leaf plants form the backbone to the scheme –fig trees, phormiums, pawlonia, tetrapanax to name a few.
Final planting scheme included:

Trachycarpus fortuneii
Musa basjoo
Phillostachys aurea
Phormium tenax
Astelia chatamica
Ficus carica ‘brown turkey’
Pawlonia
Tetrapanex rex
Eucomis comosa ‘sparkling burgundy’
Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘green goddess’
Crocosmia ‘lucifer’
Acer palmatum ‘bloodgood’
Liriope muscari
Dahlia ‘bishop of landaff’
Hosta -halcyon blue, francee, sieboldiana

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