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Dramatic designs in Clapham

by Abigail Willis

Like the proverbial well-made play,architectural designer, Charles Rutherfoord’s Clapham garden unfolds in three acts.

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City garden with the spice of variety

by Abigail Willis

Variety is the spice of life in Jan Tallis and John Lock’s east London garden. Measuring a roomy 30 x 90ft, the south-facing garden contains seven distinct areas – an accommodating layout that allows Jan to indulge her plantaholic tendencies. Colour-themed beds run the gamut from whites and pastel pales to the eye-popping magentas and yellows of the vibrant and hot beds.

London mews’ olive grove oasis

by Abigail Willis

Tony Heywood has gradually been ‘foresting’ his pretty mews with giant containerised olive trees and in the process transforming the whole street into a magical city oasis.

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A tropical garden with a cottage garden twist

by Abigail Willis

A major house renovation was the catalyst for the contemporary, tripartite garden that lies behind Paul Thompson’s and Gordon McArthur’s early Victorian terraced town house in Islington.

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Terrace garden: it’s a jungle out there

by Rhiannon James

A balcony jungle visited by squawking exotic birds might seem more likely in Singapore than Sydenham but designer Virginia Armstrong has created just such a slice of the tropics outside her 1960s house in south London, and given it all the retro chic of the island scenes in Dr No.

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The Balcony Gardener

by Rhiannon James

Isabelle Palmer’s balcony is one of those high-in-the-sky gardens that, glimpsed from the street, give you the urge to ring on the doorbell and ask if you can explore.

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A balcony wildlife garden

by Linda Harrison

A lack of space can often be an issue for city plots. But urban gardener Keith Reynolds believes that big ideas can still flourish in small places.

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Routes and shoots: The Edible Bus Stop community garden

by Rhiannon James

If you fancied a wander through the capital’s green and pleasant places, a stroll along the route of south London’s number 322 bus probably wouldn’t be the first excursion to spring to mind.

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Small but perfectly formed

by Rhiannon James

When architect Annette Marchini and her husband Renzo wanted to extend their London home, they came up against a common conundrum – how would they deal with a significantly smaller back garden? Annette’s solution was to use thoughtful design to create a cool, contemporary garden that’s eminently usable despite its size.

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A plot with a twist

by Rhiannon James

Marsh Lane Allotments in Tottenham are exactly as you would expect. A barred iron gate opens on to a landscape of neat rows of fruit and vegetables interspersed with an idiosyncratic collection of greenhouses and sheds. Exactly as you would expect that is, until, walking down a row of sheds, you come to something that looks oddly like a front door, with the number 94 marked out in mosaic. Step through it, and, suddenly, the vista is very different.