Julia Fogg

Julia Fogg designs stunning gardens across the South-East of England. This month’s Design Showcase focuses on three of her hottest designs.

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1. London garden

The brief: to create raised deck as an entertaining area off the living rooms large enough to lounge easily on. This new space had to link with the main garden at ground level. Create a journey with paths in sun and shade to a series of smaller decks at the far end of the plot with timber overhead structure ensuring a more private area. Rather prospect and refuge as a concept. Clients like a contemporary treatment of hard materials with variety in planting. The character of the planting changes sublimely from strong architectural shapes around the raised terrace to more subtle textured combinations highlighting the interesting divisions in the lower garden. A palette of cool blues in early summer changing to warm tones in late summer.
The materials: Riven heather slate for paths. Iroko for all deck surfaces with stainless steel and wire handrails. Timber structure is Iroko.

The plants:
Early summer:
Eryngium alpinum ‘Blue Star’
Eryngium planum ‘Blaukappe’
Rosmarinus officianalis ‘Miss Jessops Upright’
Astelia chathamica
Iris germanica ‘Jane Phillips’

Late summer:
Canna indica
Anemanthele lessoniana
Sedum ‘Herbstfreude’
Campsis x tagliabuana ‘Madame Galen’

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2. Coastal garden

The brief: to work within the parameters of a garden with views to the sea but also plant to screen from nearby footpath, so a dichotomy really. The garden is inward looking in essence at the lower level and interest is focused on the water feature and parterre planting. We were asked to provide a Mediterranean feel with salt tolerant plants that looked good all year. He likes white flowers. Perimeter borders faced east and west – middle area remains sunny most of the day.

The materials: Limestone chippings (main stone areas already in place0, timber edging for the neat run of hedging.

The plants:

Pittosporum tobira hedging
Buxus balls to be cloud clipped
Olearia macrodonta
Phormium tenax ‘variegatum’
Yucca gloriosa ‘Variegata’
Camellias white

Climbers + architectural:
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Clematis armandii to train all over perimeter planting
Agapanthis africanus
Astelia chathamica
Euphorbia mellifera
Cynara cardunculus
Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’
Macleaya cordata
Melianthus smajor

Parterre planting:
Artemesia ludovician ‘Valerie Finnis’
Convolvulus cneorum
Eryngium agavifolium
Sedum ‘Stardust, lavenders, santolina, purple sage

Anemone x hyb. ‘Honorine Jobert’
Helleborus orientalis ‘Blue Lady’
Heuchera ‘Kimono’
Ophiopogon nigrescens
Trifolium repens ‘William’

Oleanders (white)

Lilium ‘Casa Bianca’, ‘Umbria’ + ‘White Heaven’

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3. Rural Garden

The brief: Blend traditional and contemporary elements within a revitalised and extended garden. The new scheme underlines the sense of hidden and revealed in the journey around the garden. The clients, both designer and architect, liked strong linear directional elements, such as green oak sleepers and tall waving grasses to link the garden to the landscape. To provide sheltered area from which to enjoy views to the north – the sunken ellipse – as well as views to the south – paths and the lower terraces.

The plants: Planting to be within keeping with surroundings , wind tolerant but also as interesting as possible. We used tapestry planting to wrap the informal spaces, excites the senses and offers tantalising glimpses to beyond.

The materials: Dry stone Cotswold walls to retain changes to level. Green oak groynes and sleepers set into flat surfaces. Cotswold chipping paths.

If you’re as excited about Julia’s work as we are, have a look at her marvellous website.

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