Family Garden in Putney

This family garden in Putney, South West London, is surrounded by very attractive traditional gardens but the owner wanted a less traditional garden without a lawn which was elegant and stylish to complement the design of their house. At 8 x 10 metres, the garden was too large to pave everywhere so Charlotte Rowe Garden Design elected to break the space up into two principal seating or dining areas with a path through large beds of rich planting to soften the hard landscaping. The top terrace close to the house has been decked in Ipe and has outdoor sofas and a coffee table; a limestone staircase leads down to a path fringed with Agapanthus, Sedum and Mediterranean planting and on down to a seated Buddha set against yew hedging; a decked path then leads to the main terrace area of limestone; finally a second path leads back through shade-tolerant planting to another yew hedge and to the house.

The planting palette is cream and bright pink and includes perennials, roses, peonies broken up by Buxus and other shrubs which provide form and structure. On the right hand side, South facing bed is Mediterranean planting and olive trees and on the shady side of the garden are Ligustrum lollypops, Hydrangeas, ferns, Pittosporum and Hellebororus.