James Aldridge



This Wimbledon garden was created in close collaboration with Gregory Phillips Architects who created the dramatic contemporary kitchen at the rear of this arts and crafts house.

At the heart of the garden lies a perfect square of lawn that provides a setting for the building as well as addressing the recreational needs of the family. It is separated from the house by a basalt lined reflection pool over which a beautifully articulated bridge of solid basalt sleepers leads to the house terrace.

A second terrace at the rear of the garden appears to float above the lawn and provides a visual full stop to the composition by means of a stone clad feature wall. The same detail is used on the terrace by the house.

Blocks of clipped Yew and multi-stemmed White Himalayan Birch frame the lawn on either side. A flowering wall composed of a mix of scented, evergreen climbers forms the right hand boundary, this tapestry of exotic plants fills the air with clouds of scent during the summer.

Planting is composed of a subtle combination of fine textured plants whose colours pick up and compliment the materials within the scheme. The emphasis lies very much on providing continual interest in what is essentially a minimal garden.

At night this calm scheme is transformed when key elements of the design are dramatically illuminated.

Photography: James Aldridge

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