This Garden of the Month design seeks to divide this long thin East London garden, to create a multi-functional space suitable for
alfresco dining, entertaining, relaxation and play.
The area directly adjoining the house will form the main seating area. Laid with decked flooring in attractive and
durable Yellow Balau hardwood boards, this area will benefit from an L-shaped rendered block raised bed. This
raised bed will support a ‘floating’ bench seat (i.e. supported by the raised bed wall only, without the use of legs
or a base), also constructed from Yellow Balau deck boards. One end of this raised bed will also feature a
stainless steel water blade, from which water will cascade into a decorative aggregate topped rill below.
A decked walkway will lead from the main decked patio down the garden, doglegging first left then right then
right again around a small area of lawn in the centre of the space. Flush level planting beds surrounding this
area will provide ample opportunity for planting. Several ‘shabby chic’ wrought iron arches placed at intervals
along the decked walkway will help create a sense of intrigue as one journeys down the space. The walkway
itself will open out onto a large lawn at the bottom of the garden. This lawn will be screened from the rest of the
garden by bespoke mesh screens, comprising rusted iron re-enforcing mesh set within a sturdy timber frame.
Planting in the space will follow an aubergine, pink and purple colour palette. The planting scheme will feature a
host of herbaceous perennials for year round interest and big, bold,  blousy and romantic plants to add colour
and elegance. Bay tree support obelisks nestled in raised beds will support a variety of climbers, while a set of
six brushed zinc planters placed around the decked patio will house tall standard rose bushes.
A simple yet effective lighting scheme will allow continued use of the garden when the sun goes down. The
‘floating’ bench will be underlit with white rope light, while lights installed in the decking at the base of each zinc
planter will create a subtle night-time feature. The stainless steel water blade will be up-lit with a single low
voltage pond light, throwing a gentle undulating light across the space. A series of LED micro lights installed at
intervals along the decked path will safely guide the users journey through the space. Exterior fairy lights across
each wrought iron arch and the rusted iron screen at the end will give a the garden a magical twinkle. The the
scheme will be complete with the addition of a series of low voltage spike spotlights throughout the beds, giving
the garden a gentle ambient glow while serving to highlight individual specimen plants.

PLANTING LIST:
‘Anemone x hybrida Queen Charlotte’ Japanese Anemone
‘Aster lateriflorus Lady in Black’ Aster
‘Astilbe x arendsii Fanal’ False Goatsbeard
‘Astrantia Dark Shiny Eyes’ Masterwort
‘Astrantia major Claret’ Masterwort
‘Bergenia cordifolia Purpurea’ Elephant’s Ears
‘Choisya ternata Sundance’ Mexican Orange Blossom
‘Cirsium rivulare Atropurpureum’ Brook Thistle
‘Clematis Asao’ Clematis (Group 2)
‘Clematis Bees’ Jubilee’ Clematis (Group 2)
‘Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens Freckles’ Clematis
‘Clematis Ernest Markham’ Clematis (Group 3)
‘Clematis Gravetye Beauty’ Clematis
‘Clematis Hagley Hybrid’ Clematis (Group 3)
‘Clematis Josephine’ Clematis (Group 2)
‘Clematis Kermesina’ Clematis
‘Clematis Niobe’ Clematis
‘Clematis Pink Fantasy’ Clematis (Group 3)
‘Clematis Ruby’ Clematis
‘Cotinus coggygria Royal Purple’ Smoke Bush
‘Daphne bholua Jacqueline Postill’ Daphne
‘Digitalis purpurea Giant Spotted Group’ Foxglove
‘Echinacea pallida’ Coneflower
‘Escallonia Apple Blossom’ Escallonia

‘Geranium (Cinereum Group) Ballerina’ Cranesbill
‘Hebe Red Edge’ Shrubby Veronica
‘Helleborus x hybridus Harvington Speckled White’ Harvington Hellebore
‘Hemerocallis American Revolution’ Day Lily
‘Heuchera micrantha var. diversifolia Palace Purple’ Coral Flower
‘Iris Velvet Cushion’ Bearded Iris
‘Knautia macedonica’ Knautia
‘Lavandula stoechas Kew Red’ French Lavender
‘Lonicera japonica var repens’ Japanese Honeysuckl’Lysimachia atropurpurea Beaujolais’ Loosestrife
‘Monarda Ou Charm’ Bergamot
‘Paeonia lactiflora Sarah Bernhardt’ Paeony / Peony
‘Papaver orientale Karine’ Oriental Poppy
‘Papaver orientale Patty’s Plum’ Oriental Poppy
‘Penstemon Andenken an Friedrich Hahn (Garnet)’ Penstemon Garnet
‘Phormium Platt’s Black’ New Zealand Flax
Prunus Nigra Canadian Plum
‘Rodgersia pinnata Chocolate Wing’ Rodgersia
‘Rosa Black Baccara’ Hybrid Tea Rose
‘Rosa Centenaire de Lourdes (Pink)’ Weeping Standard Ro
‘Rosa Falstaff’ English Rose
‘Rosa Ferdinand Pichard’ Hybrid Perpetual Rose
‘Rosa The Ingenious Mr Fairchild’ English Rose
‘Sambucus nigra Gerda (Black Beauty Black Elder
‘Skimmia x confusa Kew Green (male Skimmia
‘Tricyrtis hirta’ Toad Lily