Herne Hill

This family wanted more outside space for playing sports. Working with landscapers, I decided to extend the lawn, remove an obtrusive wall and incorporate more storage into the garden.


The planting

As my clients are keen cooks I suggested fragrant, culinary plants. They had little time available to garden so I came up with a low-maintenance scheme, using mostly evergreen shrubs and climbers. I provided my clients with detailed plant profiles on all the specimens in the garden including information on how and when to maintain them.


Victoria plum tree and its provenance

This garden is close to completion. I've ordered a bare-rooted plum tree from one of the finest specialist fruit nurseries. This self-fertile fruit tree will sit happily in my clients' landscape; complimenting the beautiful apple and pear trees growing in their neighbours’ garden.

This plum tree is a local delicacy to the Herne Hill/ Brixton area. The original seedling of Victoria plum was found in a garden in Sussex. It was bought by Denyer, a nurseryman in Brixton, who introduced the variety in around 1840. It was awarded a First Class Certificate by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1973. 

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