London gardens

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.

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.