We design gardens with the same passion and skill we dedicate to our interiors: they are beautiful, practical and serve a purpose.

With every built square metre having such a high value in Notting Hill, it took brave clients to agree to demolish an ugly conservatory at the back of their house to create a private garden. Swapping bricks for lush planting turned out to be a very wise decision.

Inspired by the client’s childhood spent in Kenya and South Africa, we designed a bold planting scheme and sculptural landscape.

A few visual tricks are used to enlarge the small space: stepped planters, a bronzed acrylic mirror placed on the end wall, well hidden behind the ferns and banana trees and layered planting of different heights. For a room - without -ceiling effect, we dressed one side wall with a green wall system and the other with evergreen false jasmine.

Colour is introduced by mixing red, pink and acid green foliage and by painting the opposite wall a dusty raspberry hue.

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African-inspired seats by Moroso - hand woven in telephone wire  - complete the exotic planted scheme.

The garden was awarded Gardenista Considered Design Best UK Professional Landscape in 2017.

Guest judge Rita Konig says why she selected our garden for the award: “I think this is a really good use of a small space and I love the wall painted in that pretty colour. This is really an extension of the room that leads onto it and I think that is a great way to approach a small city garden. I love the planting, too.”

Read the full feature and judges’ review here.