Designers own garden in South West London
Designer's own garden in South West London
When Pamela and her husband moved into this property in 1986 the small garden had a rectangular lawn, edged with a concrete path and a few overgrown shrubs. Four years later it was open to the public through the National Gardens Scheme to raise money for charity. The garden has gone through various changes over the years with the lawn decreasing in size to make room for more plants (it is now edged with metal to prevent any more being shaved off).
The planting is always under constant review as Pamela tries out new ideas and plant combinations. Herbaceous perennials, bulbs and annuals compete for space with flowering shrubs and trees. Containers on the sunny terrace provide more opportunities along with herbs and salad vegetables for the kitchen. As with many London gardens, it is regularly visited by a wide variety of birds and insects including wrens, green finches, woodpeckers, masonry bees and stag beetles.
Quote by Victoria Summerley Award winning writer and journalist
'She has a good eye for colour, so you'll find that the purple throats of a foxglove will pick up the exact shade of a Clematis. The colour of the paint on the shed seems just the right choice. The crisp edges of the lawn are kept in place by metal edging and the herbaceous plants are staked. It's a bit like a ballgown - it wouldn't look nearly so good if the corsetry beneath it did not provide a framework for the froth of flowers above.'