Large Cypress Trees
Lavender and Rosemary
Mixed Wild Planting
Trailing and High Level Planting
Handbuilt and Bonsai Trees
High up in Battersea somewhere on a grey day, another envelope planter with decent height to lose the neighbours. With frosted glass, apparently, it’s their shadows that are most disturbing!
A curved steel planter to match the sweep of the stucco – very neat, and again a lot of attention to detail from designer and client. We had to cut the stems of all the marram as it was so shallow, took ages - which resulted in grumpy elves…
This is the same Bayswater penthouse as the earlier night shot. I’d like to think the iron sculpture in the background is a Gormley, his stuff is lovely. It may just be a rusty bloke without strides on, though! Regardless, he goes nicely with the russet grass.
No, me neither! These are workshop snaps with our new grey-green marram, when we check how things look before they go out. The eye forgives a lot but the camera doesn’t miss anything. What’s odd is that about a month after we did this, another weird head came in from someone else to have hydrangeas in it. Looked like a brain when completed!
Here’s the russet marram grass being used in tall envelope planters to separate a balcony in a rather bleak Whitstable. It’s a very grainy picture and I don’t know why we focused on the horizon. Two out of ten for artistic interpretation…
This is a set of little 30cm glossy white cubes that belonged to the client. We don’t do much planting into white containers, but they work well with the fresh green marram. This is high up outside a hotel penthouse in Kings Cross with a less-than-enchanting view!
What’s neat about this (apart from the arty photo and that pretty dome in Bayswater in the background) is that the client had the lights drilled in to the planter sides, and the cables run through the side wall out of the base and into the decking. Real attention to detail!
We don’t see as much terracotta as we’d like – particularly with this dusty pink Italian tone. Against that, they probably cost more than the plants did! This is at a spa in the Cotswolds, not that it’s relevant - and we’ve made the middle grasses higher to get that domed top.
This is one of those dream jobs where they’d built a nice integrated wooden planter on the edge of the terrace, but without enough depth or drainage to keep real stuff alive! It’s in Notting Hill, and we were lucky with the light that day
Outdoor Marram Grass