LONDON RESIDENTIAL GARDENS
Naomi enjoys the unique challenges of garden and planting design in London. Naomi has always enjoyed thinking up new and creative ways to design functional, yet beautiful gardens in even the most central locations and London provides the perfect opportunity to do so. As a highly sought after garden designer, Naomi is proud to have worked with many clients in London, designing outstanding residential gardens – as shown below.
LIGHTWELL GARDENS, KING’S CROSS, LONDON
The brief for this project was to create a series of bespoke designs for a number of self-contained lightwell courtyards within a contemporary home.
Designed by an internationally acclaimed architect, the lightwell spaces are a unique feature within this property. Set against the striking design, the lightwell spaces were in need of rejuvenation with new layouts, bold planting and carefully selected materials to complement the existing interior.
Lighting is integral to the design of each lightwell, with spotlights hidden within the planting and uplighting new structural features, creating an uplifting ambience to each lightwell space.’
Introducing black zinc and poured concrete against a palette of lush, evergreen foliage and pops of bright flowers, the lightwell designs echo the existing style of the home. The spaces have been re-designed to maximise a small footprint with clever detailing and custom furniture. Inspired by the ethos of beauty combined with functionality, Naomi created inviting spaces for entertaining and relaxation.
SUBURBAN GARDEN, CROYDON, LONDON
This was a mature urban garden that backed onto an existing woodland and was in need of a complete redesign. Inspired by the surrounding landscape, the new garden design connected the space to the woodland view beyond with generous planting and a palette of materials that work together in harmony.
Two layouts were initially created for this garden and the chosen design included an informal gravel path sweeping around a generous lawn. The path gently leads to a secluded seating area surrounded by perennial and shrub borders inspired by the woodland backdrop. Larger feature trees are picked out, with lighting and a contemporary, semi-circular terrace wrapping around to the front of the house.
A large dining terrace with generous space to entertain is softened by abundant planting; bringing colour and year round interest to the garden. Formal planting beds consist of a mix of easy maintenance evergreen plants and perennials. Pockets of planting follow the curves of the paths, with larger shrubs and multi-stem trees added to provide form and structure during the winter months. The circular lawn sweeps around the garden and culminates with a specimen multi-stem Acer Palmatum gracing the end of the lawn. Additional feature trees, including Magnolia, Crab Apple and Pyrus add height to the borders and act as focal points within the garden without detracting from the woodland view beyond.
When Naomi first approached this project, the terrace house garden had not seen much attention in many years. It appeared rundown and in need of restoration. The owner wanted to create an oasis by filling the space with plants and having multiple sections within the long, thin garden.
Naomi created a beautiful urban garden space, with an area for eating near the house and another for entertaining at the sunny, eastern end of the garden. Drawing on her love of cottage style planting, she achieved the feel of a peaceful garden sanctuary. And to attract more interest, provided the addition of modern paving in the limited space.
Naomi is an excellent garden designer. With my garden she managed to take an awkward, unattractive, long, thin, west facing terrace garden and design something that I am proud to invite people into. I worked with her on everything from materials to planting ideas. She is very receptive to feedback but also brings her extensive knowledge and understanding of plants and design to the project. There were a few things that I was not sure about but am so glad now that I put myself in the hands of an expert and went with her design.
COURTYARD GARDEN, CHELSEA LONDON
This garden was designed specifically to incorporate more greenery into the client’s everyday life. Although the space was small, Naomi worked with green foliage and white flowers to create a bright, open feel. She also incorporated a water feature to promote relaxation and create a calming environment. The grey marble wall helped to bring a little bit of the inside outdoors, replicating the colour and design of the kitchen.
Naomi was excellent in her approach and presentation. She worked with us to understand what we needed and how best to achieve it, even within a limited budget. She was happy to allow freedom and flexibility enabling us to develop ideas with helpful input and suggestions. Work is about to start.
KEVIN ROSE, EDENBRIDGE, KENT