THE UR­BAN JUN­GLE

Land­scape gar­den de­signer Jinny Blom has cre­ated a wild es­cape in the gar­den at her Lon­don home. Here, she tells us how to em­brace the ex­otic

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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 in my 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

JINNY’S TOP TIPS

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.

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