Our approach is holistic.
We believe that gardens are an extension of home – a space to relax, socialise, imagine and play – so we create gardens that you want to live in. The studio is passionate about reconnecting people with the natural world and ensuring the garden is a sanctuary for our clients as well as for wildlife. By bringing together diverse planting, a creative palette of materials and an understanding of sustainability, we make spaces to escape to.
Clapton town house garden.
Viriditas were tasked to refresh this Clapton couple’s garden elevating some of the features they loved like the existing pond, editing the trees and shrubs which had outgrown the space and adding wildlife friendly planting that would not only please Clapton’s local wildlife but also be beautiful when the couple look out of their windows onto the space.
The couples pond has been expanded into a naturalistic pool for their coy carp to explore amoungst multi-level planting including water iris and lillys.
Oversized boulders in warm sandstone now mark the existing level change nestling into the decking with rockery planting inhabiting the nooks and crannies between.
Across the bridge lies the outdoor dining area placed to make the most of the gardens last light ensconced in planting beds to all sides.
Full back-to-brick renovation and extension of a Victorian property in Ladbrook Grove.
Create a laid back, contemporary, design that looks beautiful when viewed from inside. To be filled with plants that have gorgeous big leaves, lots of green and not too many flowers!
We chose a soft creamy clay paver to line the terrace, the hard rectilinear lines of the beds are softened as Hakonechloa and Pittosporum spill over the edges blurring the boundaries between hard and soft.
The dining area at the back is hidden from view surrounded by drought tolerant olives and salvia. Passion flower and scented Jasmin cover the walls and bamboo lines the back bed creating privacy and hiding the unsightly air source heat pump. It was a delight planting this project up, bees starting feasting on the new plants before they were even in the ground!
A bespoke kitchen sits outside of the house, and Nkuku terracotta planters are filled with herbs, perfect for seasoning the food as it goes onto the BBQ.
Set within the picturesque Berkshire countryside, Wasing Estate is less than an hour from London, covering several hundred acres of farmland, woodland and lakes.
As well as hosting weddings in what is currently the ‘Secret Walled Garden’, Wasing also offers a safe environment for wellbeing retreats.
They wanted to expand this side of their business, creating a series of healing gardens. I was tasked to reinvigorate 8 acres of land surrounding the Secret Walled Garden, connecting it to the manor house where guests will be staying for their wellbeing retreats.
A sensitive touch was needed throughout this project keeping some of the beautiful old features such as the Victorian glass houses and gorgeous stonework whilst bringing the gardens into the 21st century.
An imposing gothic mansion in leafy Hampstead.
To update the planting in the barren beds after an extensive renovation of the ground floor.
The beds had been totally compacted and the soil destroyed during the renovation process so we first had to the get the soil right, adding in lots of organic matter and loosening it up so oxygen could once again flow through.
Once this was done we replanted the extra large 4m x 10m beds, filling them with beautiful prairie style planting in the sunnier areas and shade loving Podophyllum ’Spotty Dotty’, a wide selection of ferns, giant Hostas, Epimediums and Geraniums for a splash of colour in the woodland sections of the beds. Height and structure came from Hydrangea’s and Syringa and the walls were covered with early flowering Clematis.
Out the front we chose elegant anthracite grey planters filled with Prunus lustanica to add privacy to the upper balconies and filter away pollution. We chose terracotta pots from Italian Terrace to match the grandeur of the wonderful steps up into the main entrance hall planting them up with lollipop bay trees, Heuchera and Pittosporum.
A back to bricks renovation of a family home is Chiswick.
To create a wildlife friendly garden with lots of space for their three young children to learn and play in, plus dog friendly planting for their energetic boxer dog.
The entire back portion of the garden was made into a children’s discovery area, complete with mud kitchen, wendy house and bee hotel. We removed a dated palm tree adding in a wildlife friendly birch instead. Woodland planting of ferns, hellebores and hydrangeas compliment a bevy of spring flowering bulbs for early rising pollinators.
A secret stepping stone pathway guides the children through the planting bed on the shady right handside of the garden where hazel and crab apple trees were planted with more woodland planting for the children to navigate to make it to their play area!
We commissioned Julia Clarke to create a sculptural willow screen to hide the unsightly air source heat pump under the sycamore tree. On the tumbled limestone terrace we designed a bespoke L shaped seating system with built-in planters filled with sun loving prairie style planting. A feast for pollinators and beautiful for the humans who occupy the garden too.