Plot Fresh garden FR72. Contractor Kate Gould Gardens. Theme An urban apartment block that has been greened up to provide a tranquil outdoor space for its residents.
Kate has taken on the challenge of making the hard, tight spaces of a typical apartment block into places to linger. Each level of this three-storey section has been greened up, according to the microclimate it provides. In the shady basement, big-leaved evergreens, such as fatsia and Cyathea australis, create lush foliage while the planted walls also provide a jungly effect. A cantilevered seat is placed where the sound of water falling into a trough can be enjoyed. Metal steps lead up to a bamboo deck with further seating facing a hawthorn tree. The concrete wall adjoining the steps to the upper level, where the planting is more Mediterranean, is inset with fibre optic lights that provide gentle illumination at night. Contact 01923 839733, kategouldgardens.com