In progress: build to start summer 2018
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A complete redesign of a small garden in North London.
The inspiration for this design comes from the idea of Wabi-Sabi, an ancient Japanese philosophy which is the appreciation of the beauty in imperfection and especially the way nature changes human made objects and landscapes. The main aspects that have been used in the design for this garden are: asymmetry, incompleteness, impermanence and simplicity.
The planting in the garden is based around the idea of seasonality, allowing the atmosphere of the garden to change throughout the year. A multi stem crab apple tree will be the main focus of this, giving blossom in the spring, lush green in the summer and fruit and rich leaf colour in the autumn. Throughout the garden the planting will focus on texture and foliage with areas of colour, predominantly in the summer. Using plants that change over the year will again give seasonal interest - such as seed heads that stand through autumn and winter. Spring bulbs will be used to give an intense burst of growth in spring, which will increase over the years as these spread and multiply.