Contemporary Family Garden, Putney
A spacious garden for a large detached house in West Putney, the brief was to create a 'grown-up' garden for both parents and teenagers to enjoy.
The play equipment was removed from the end of the garden and replaced with a contemporary garden building where the children can play pool, darts and hang-out with friends. A yew hedge partially screens the building from the rest of the garden and gives the space an identity of its own, with white bark birch trees, woodland planting and a deck area with informal low seating and fire bowl.
Closer to the house, two terraces wrap around the new extension and create specific areas for dining and lounging. A striking, sandstone clad water feature links the two spaces and repeats the low rectilinear form of the garden building.
A long, straight path leads from the terrace to the rear garden and creates a strong focal point from the house, punctuated by a specially commissioned Purbeck stone sculpture set on a plinth.
Planting combines soft grasses and perennials for year-round interest, while strong clipped forms, including hornbeam columns and yew hedges give structure and reflect the geometry of the hard landscaping elements.
Three multistem Amelanchier trees bring softness and privacy to the large dining terrace and offer a sculptural quality and changing vista year-round.
Landscape contractors: The Outdoor Room
Sculpture: Will Spankie