As part of a complex renovation project, in collaboration with the owners’ architect and builder, Emma has just created this Kensington garden.

To achieve accessibility and all year interest while reducing maintenance, paving at various levels and traditional borders have been replaced with resin bonded gravel and planting in informal sweeps. This ‘glade’ concept with a pair of Sorbus trees at the centre accommodates a bold asymmetrical layout and provides a stunning backdrop from the house and new studio at the rear.

The flow of the self-contained water bowl can be adjusted from a gentle trickle to a dynamic fountain and casts light and shadows which complement the system of LED uplighters.

With sedum roofs both above the kitchen extension and studio there is added sustainability, biodiversity and interest from the upstairs windows. A ‘carpet’ of encaustic tiles decorate the dining area under the retractable awning outside the studio. The trees, plants, custom designed timber work and contemporary water butt are sourced and made in Britain.
Kensington glade garden