James Aldridge


Peckham I

This recently completed garden in Peckham was strongly influenced by the client's love of Japan. The intention was to combine elements of Japanese design to create a modern garden for city living.

An upper and lower terrace are separated by a large mass of planting. A generous path cuts through this and its direction is guided by a large apple tree that arcs out over the garden. The tree has been carefully pruned to enhance its sculptural shape.

Charred hardwoods, using Japanese techniques, were used to form decorative panels, storage space and bar area.

Paving and steps are formed from light and dark grey long granite strips. Planting is highly influenced by natural vegetation seen in Japan with an emphasis on fine textures and low contrast.

Key features of the garden are illuminated at night to spectacular effect.

Photography: © James Aldridge

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