James Aldridge


Kensington II

The brief for this challenging space was to create an outdoor dining area that would address the problems of privacy and year-round interest.

The focus of the scheme is a linear group of four over-scaled simple planters, each with its own stone plinth. These large pots are planted with multi-stemmed Himalayan White Birch whose dramatic stems are a joy throughout the year while their leaves introduce gentle sound and movement. This essence of this bold gesture is a theme that is repeated throughout the garden.

A sense of calm is achieved by the generous use of vibrant greens set against a backdrop of soothing warm grey. The majority of the boundary walls are clothed in a heavily scented evergreen climber that fills the garden with rich scent throughout the summer.

Photography: James Aldridge

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