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Capturing Movement

The swirling curves of the paving and lawn in this design create a sense of movement and enclosure, while simple and transparent planting produces a delicate filigree of foliage. Still water reflects the lit glass panels, which give an ethereal glow; the silhouettes of bamboo leaves on the panels extends the notion of planting without over-filling the space. The contrasting pale raked gravel and grass help define the composition.

Designer Seki says:
“The client who wanted my Chelsea garden reconstructed in his garden leads a stressful London life, and was attracted to the calmness of the composition. The garden encourages a feeling of peace and opens one’s senses to the environment—for example, the gentle whispering of the breeze through the planting is central to the garden’s success."

"In this design, as in all of my work, I use the space as a device to enhance the changing character of nature; I believe this is an essential quality in a Japanese garden. I am also influenced by Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe, who explored the relationship between the landscape and the subconscious.”

Key Ingredients

Eastern redbud (image 1); Golden bamboo (image 2); European cranberrybush viburnum (image 3)

Essential Planting

‘Edward Goucher’ abelia (image 1); Double Reeves spirea (image 2); Mexican feather grass (image 3)

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Excerpted from Garden Design

©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009

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