A shady garden in Finchley, North London
Although this garden in Finchley, North London was south facing, it was dominated by a large conifer and two mature silver birch which the clients wanted to keep. This meant that much of the garden was in shade, apart from the upper levels near the house. Here planting was to be colourful throughout the summer months. The remaining shadier areas were planted with shade loving plants, using a tapestry of textures and leaf form, to create a cool, secluded seating area at the end of the garden. Many clients are worried by shade as they are under the misapprehension that nothing will grow there. However, with careful selection of the right plants, these areas can be just as inviting as the sunnier areas of the garden.