The rambunctious front garden weaves together perennials, grasses and ferns, while the back garden makes a big impression in a small space. After 40yrs, the lawn is now a wide curving path, a deep sunny bed on one side, mixing shrubs and perennials in an ever changing blaze of colour, on the other, a screen of varied greens and textures. This flowery passage leads to a secluded sitting area.
Exhibition of paintings and hand-made prints by Gilly Hatch, with 10% of sales going to the NGS.
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33 Huddleston Road, London, N7 0AD
5 mins from Tufnell Park Tube. Tube: Tufnell Park. Buses: 4, 134, 390 to Tufnell Park. Follow Tufnell Park Rd to 3rd rd on R.
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The front garden was designed by Saskia Gretton Kewley. Starting from the thought that a front garden doesn't have to be well-behaved or have the structure demanded from a back garden, this is a bundle of herbaceous plants with big personalities. Phlomis russelliana is followed by Cephalaria gigantea (aka Moon on a Stick in our house), and Sedum 'Herbstfruede' carries the composition well into later autumn. When all this is cut back, ferns and hellebores emerge, and bulbs shine through in spring.
The back garden has been worked on for forty years, with most of the design by painter Gilly Hatch, (with a lot of family help). It is a 20x60ft rectangular plot, which began as a place for children to play, and has shifted to being a beautiful, calm, adult refuge.The once rectangular lawn, with narrow beds on both sides, is now a curving mown path. On the sunny side there is a deep bed of shrubs and perennials, planted for a succession of rich colours, backed by fan trained fruit trees. The darker side is given to shrubs and ferns, in various greens and textures, punctuated by yellow roses and white anemones.
At the end of the garden, screened by a hydrangea covered trellis, and surrounded by ferns, clematis and bamboo, is a secluded sitting area.