THE WALLED GARDEN
The outside space at garden designerdan Pearson’s Waterloo studio is flanked by a highwall. We find out howhe turned a barrier into a blessing
The sun pours in over the wall that divides the garden from the school next door and the shadow splits the space in two. This gave us a range of conditions to play with. We put a terrace at the wider end of the plot tomake room for a table. Against the wall, we placed three oversized planters with thamnochortus insignis, a grass-like South African plant that moves gently in the breeze, and minty pelargoniums ( geraniums) to brush past on the way to the front door. The thinner end of the garden, where we have the bulk of the planting, is divided by a path that leads to the bicycle racks – a terrace planted with cornus ‘Gloria Birkett’ provides privacy. For the paving, we chose a pale Jura limestone, which bounces light around. danpearsonstudio.com
DAN’ S TOP T I P S 1
Clad a tall wall with climbers tomake up for limited planting space on the ground. 2 In an enclosed courtyard, include a still water feature. It becomes a focal point and the reflective surface brings the sky into the garden. 3 Use soft planting and green foliage to screen bins or bike racks.