St John’s Wood

Limitless veldt

LONDON, ENGLAND

St John’s Wood

Limitless veldt

LONDON, ENGLAND

This contemporary house by Alford Hall Monaghan Morris with double height glass doors needed a potent garden as it is viewed from all floors all year round. I chose a rugged mix of plants from the four corners of the earth that would improve with time to form a dense and evocative bush land. Woven into the planting are some ancient, gnarled trees- a huge black pine and a strange contorted Cryptomeria that gives atmosphere and permanence to the garden and the elusive feeling of being back in Gondwanaland. This is a much loved family home and the garden has lasted wonderfully well over the last two decades.

Image credits: Andrew Montgomery; Tom Mannion