Landscape architecture, garden design, planting design and management - Rowland Byass
Ebbisham Drive

This is my own small garden in Vauxhall central London. It's about 5 by 4 metres, with a south-west facing aspect. Like most urban gardens, it is overlooked by houses and a large residential tower block.

I planted two fruit trees at the end of the garden to give some privacy from neighbouring houses, but it is impossible to completely shut out the skyline in a setting like this. Instead, a raised central pond in shuttered concrete calls attention to the centre of the enclosed space, setting off the surrounding naturalistic planting and bringing the sky's reflection down into the garden. A mirrored mosaic panel on the wall behind the pond is reflected in the water. The raised pond and the mirror window are inspired by some of the landscapes in the Islamic garden tradition that I have visited in India and Iran. The chamfered corners of the raised pond references the tower block that looms overhead. Tiered timber raised beds along the south-facing boundary provide a place to grow sun-loving herbs.