Front and rear gardens of a Victorian Villa in Hackney, London, E9
Located on the north side of Cassland Road, at the east end of Cassland Crescent in Hackney, East London, the garden of this early Victorian villa is dominated by a mature Walnut Tree towards the rear. The focus of the garden design was to create a new landscape to be viewed from the glass extension of the house. To achieve this, a diminishing Yorkstone path cuts through planting that nods to Japanese garden design, with the inclusion of cube cut Azalea, Camellias and Japanese Maples, but is still very English in spirit. This pathway creates depth and inspires movement through the garden.
The Azalea topiary really comes into its own in spring with a vibrant display of pink blooms. Elsewhere the planting is defined by different Acers, a Ginkgo biloba tree, a variety of ferns and tufts of mondo grass all laid out in design underpinned by the geometry of a grid and reminiscent of the gardens at Tofukuji temple in Kyoto.