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

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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. dan­pear­son­stu­


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.

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