How does your garden grow? With city gardens, the answer is with ingenuity. ‘I always light city gardens more than country gardens in order to create the effect of having another “room” when looking outside at night,’ says Sally Storey, design director of John Cullen Lighting. Whether you have a roof terrace, an itty-bitty balcony or lush cityscape, get inspired by these garden design ideas perfect for city gardens.
- The back garden of a west London house transformed by designer and architect Rabih Hage has been divided into two sections, one functioning as an outdoor seating area with a contemporary design and the other as a more lush and verdant area. This guarantees the best of both in a city garden that is decent-sized but not huge.
- In the garden of Anita Lal, founder of Good Earth, cane chairs and an Anglo-Indian table create an outdoor seating area.
- Designer Suzy Hoodless worked closely with Johnny Holland of Hackett Holland architects on the extensive renovation of this Victorian house in London.Several clever, glazed elements give Johnny’s conversion its particular allure. Undivided windows give a view all the way to the entrance hall, and reveal a double-height bespoke lighting installation, which hangs above the coffee table from Mint. The gorgeous little garden, landscaped by Alasdair Cameron, features white cobblestones, slim, silver-birch trees, and a living wall dotted with birdhouses. Out of view, on the lower-ground level and accessed from the basement, is a miniature smoking yard. Something of a sunken surrealist urban folly, resplendant with outdoor stone mantelpiece.
- This 11.6-square-metre office is perched on the original roof of Jos and Annabel White’s home in Manhattan. Because of the building’s landmark status, no additions can show from the street, not even a single brick. So Jos’s office had to be set back four metres from the parapet. On the garden side, it has an angled wall of glass windows, which cantilever up using a hand crank. The design is inspired by one of architect Basil Walter’s favourite buildings, Pierre Chareau’s Maison de Verre in Paris. The side table is the ‘Cannon’ design from BDDW.
- This elegant, modern roof terrace in Belgravia is not only the ideal spot to enjoy an evening sundowner, but also doubles up as an outdoor cinema with a projector above the fireplace.
- At just 1,200 square feet, this is the second smallest house in Manhattan. When two architects, Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons, bought it, they transformed it to create a bijou interior with a sense of spaciousness that belies its exterior appearance. Leading out of the kitchen is a small enclosed garden with ivy topiary.
- The choice of colours for exterior paints is almost endless, so grab a brush and get creative – even if you just have a plant pot or window box to call your own. Bench, ‘Brassica’ No.271 Exterior Eggshell; Raised border, ‘Calke Green’ No.34 Exterior Eggshell, both from Farrow & Ball
- Good lighting really can enhance the shelf life of an outside space by ensuring that it can be enjoyed from the outside in the summer and from the inside in the winter. Strategically placed lighting in this space captures the essence of the garden by highlighting specific plant shapes and textures, structures and views.