At the east end of Cassland Crescent in Hackney, East London, the garden of this early Victorian villa is a long and tapering, triangular shape. The challenge of the new garden design was to make sense of this, by both creating a landscape to be viewed from the new glass extension of the house and a reason to go to the back of the garden. As a result, the new garden design features a pathway through dense planting, to a small garden room, built beneath the bowers of an ancient walnut tree.
The design of the garden incorporates areas for dining, entertaining and playing so as to meet the different needs of clients, who were keen to have a garden that could be used and enjoyed by both children and grown ups. The north facing aspect of the house, and the shade cast from a neighbouring Bay tree and a mature Walnut tree meant that grass wasn't an option, so the decked terrace was a solution that allowed for bare feet and lounging.
The upper terrace, directly accessible from the new kitchen extension to the house, offers an elevated view of the garden, so it was crucial that the garden design took this into consideration by creating a garden that was as interesting to look down upon, as to be in. The upper terrace, although defined by the architecture of the extension, will also be the most used external space, so the design also proposes that a series of containers filed with herbs and climbing plants will be added to this area so as to soften the hard lines of the building.
This render shows how the garden of this Victorian villa in Hackney is designed in such a way as to create a new view from the kitchen extension that opens up the garden and lengthens it, by leading the eye along a pathway to the rear. Full height square profile trellis painted dark grey also offers a more delicate alternative to a solid fence solution by both allowing more light into the garden from the west and a framework for plants to inhabit, so that it is a wall of plants and flowers that is viewed, and not a wall defined by hard landscaping materials.
Part of the garden design scheme for this Victorian villa in Hackney, includes a small garden studio located at the culmination of a pathway through the planting scheme.