WHAT GRAHAM LOVES ABOUT THE GARDEN
A HARSH BEAUTY
What strikes me is that such a minimal quantity of plants creates such a lush effect. The cathedral-like structure is very dominant, very powerful. Only about 30 per cent of the landscape is plants, while twothirds of it is taken up with hard surfaces. This place is friendly, it’s an oasis. There’s lots of concrete, bricks and steel that have a beauty of their own – and the plants don’t detract from that. The plants really work.
The designers have been clever in that they’ve selected plants that suit the space’s special microclimate. It’s just the sort of thing you’d want to adapt for courtyards or on high-rise balconies. It’s a small garden, but it’s highly effective.