Sited a stones throw from Waterloo International Station, this garden was very much a part of the cityscape and was overlooked from every direction by offices and residential housing. The owner wanted a small functional tropical style oasis, for relaxing and entertaining outside.
At the far side of the garden, a cedar L shaped bench seat was hung from a large rendered raised planting bed. Part of the boundary had a new slatted cedar fence, whilst the floor was laid with varying sizes of square and rectangular stonework pavers. Some new large GPR containers were placed near the back door, matching the colour and style of the rendered planter at the rear of the garden. A corten steel fire bowl was added next to the L shaped seating for warmth and effect, a concrete style table and benches for dining and a stand alone swing chair to sit and read.
The trachycarpus Fortunei palm was stripped of its outer husk, to give a more striking tropical looking trunk, whilst butia capitata, chamaerops humilis and corylines Australis helped further evoke a tropical paradise with a palm like essence. The rest of the planting was evergreen shrubs, ferns and perennials.