THE URBAN JUNGLE
Landscape garden designer Jinny Blomhas created awild escape in the garden at her London home. Here, she tells us howto embrace the exotic
The garden faces out over woodland, so I wanted to create a space that linked to the longer view. I also wanted a slightly exotic outdoor space, so chose two big leafed trees – a Paulownia and a Catalpa – which are under-planted with echiums, roses, irises in a dramatic shade of black and purple agapanthus. I was trying to create the look of a well-mannered jungle! I have no lawn, so the terraces are completely surrounded by planting in quite moody colours. I also decided to add a pond, because I love all of the wildlife water brings and I’ve always had a pond inmy gardens. This time I made it very structured. It splits the space, so that you have to cross a bridge to get into the deep jungle. ‘The Thoughtful Gardener: An Intelligent Approach To Garden Design’ by Blom is out now (Jacqui Small, £35); jinnyblom.com
J INNY ’ S TOP T I P S 1
Use lots of easy self-seeding plants such as Nigella. They help to tie the wider planting scheme together. 2 Plant a grape vine on a wall or a pergola. Home-grown grapes are delicious and the leaves are great for wrapping fish to cook on the barbecue. 3 Buy the biggest pots you can and plant lots of Agapanthus africanus.