Landscape architecture, garden design, planting design and management - Rowland Byass
Bourdon House

Bourdon House is the London flagship of Alfred Dunhill. The former London home of the Duke of Westminster, it now houses a Dunhill store, bar, members’ club and barber. The main entrance to the building is through the front courtyard, which becomes a smoking terrace for the club in the evenings.

Dunhill wanted a planting scheme for the courtyard and street frontage of Bourdon House appropriate to the Georgian origins of the building, which would also project the right image for the company in this prestigious location. The planting is simple and classic, with plants known to have been in horticultural use at the time of the building’s construction.

Tiered custom-made planters along the street frontage house seasonal displays of flowers backed by ivy and box, with two orange-barked strawberry trees (Arbutus unedo) lining the entrance. Inside, two large Camellias flank another gateway, with large shaggy box plants clustered around the old London plane tree that dominates the courtyard, seating and planters housing more seasonal flowers.