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Designer : Andrew Fenney: Design Eden : Modern style garden with Japanese Influence

Designer : Andrew Fenney: Design Eden : Modern style garden with Japanese Influence
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TWICKENHAM SMALL REAR GARDEN
Small modern Garden – completed 2009

The client’s brief was for a low maintenance gravel garden with irrigation and lighting. I approached this as a modern style garden with Japanese influence. The biggest challenge was to deal with high fences that surrounded the garden along with an ugly rear brick, wall. The garden is only 1.8 metres at its smallest dimension at the top of the garden, and this had a strange impact on the perspective and the overall feel of the garden.

The client also had a requirement to have an area in the garden to be able to sit and work at a laptop, this therefore set a very important focal point for the garden. An electrical point was installed to facilitate making the area an external working space.

My inspiration for the garden came from the great modern Japanese garden designer Mirei Shigemori. This involved creating areas of contrasting gravels separated by steel edge dividers and a simple three stone rock feature diminishing in scale to try to make the end of the garden look larger than it actually is, this along with strong blocks of planting colour give strength to the design. Added along with the diminishing ‘winding river’ path and the granite set seating area placed in the centre of the garden to allow the occupant

The key plants were Acer palmatum ‘Deshojo’ one of the best Acers providing wonderful colour in the spring and autumn and Japanese Azaleas, this along with a solid bed of Ophipogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’.

The unattractive brick wall at the end of the garden was then screened off with large black Bamboos. Evergreen shrubs and Phormiums and a bed of ferns occupy the shady corner of the garden.

All in all it gives the garden a very distinct and solid feel and helps to disguise its diminutive dimensions.

As a substitute to for moss Soleirolia soleirolli (mind your own business) was suggested.