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Photo of an asian side yard stone water fountain landscape in London.

College CrescentAsian Landscape, London

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mick3120 wrote:May 4, 2015
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    John Davies Landscape

    Thanks. I don't know as the plant was purchased semi mature. I imagine some years though! I'll ask next time I'm speaking to the nursery.

  • Jan
    How tall does that get and would it survive in zone 5?
ARCH Sharaf wrote:May 28, 2015
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    John Davies Landscape

    Thanks Suzanne, my design but executed by a great company Landform Consultants

  • tikiuy

    Garden envy!! May I ask pic of how the layout looks like , seems the area is irregular and I'm curious what the surrounding areas are, can you share please?

royanega wrote:Jan 3, 2016
  • cabtwb

    All the elements of this garden are so well executed. You have made the garden look so much more spacious by using the stepped levels and integrating water a light. Fabulous!!

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    John Davies Landscape

    Very kind of you to say so. Thank you. It's tricky to make small areas work well spatially. But we worry away at these things and eventually get them just right!

Professional Specialists wrote:Sep 23, 2017
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    John Davies Landscape

    Hi, the tree at the top left corner is Acer palmatum. Glad you like it!

  • Donna Redman

    Beautiful work


Mendy Ziade wrote:Jun 11, 2016
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    John Davies Landscape

    Hi Mendy, that's a tough question. The problem isn't so much length (this garden is around 11 metres to the back upper wall) as width. Your garden is little more than half the width of this one at the widest point. Site context is everything and it might be possible to apply some of the same principles to your own space. I couldn't really tell unless I was actually designing it for you. Is it a sloping site for instance? What are the boundaries like? Are you overlooked? etc etc. John

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    Stephen Ryan MSGD

    Hi Mendy,

    You have picked out a beautiful design as your inspiration but as John mentioned in an earlier comment, the aspect of this site that makes it 'work' is the shape of the space and the difference in elevations as the garden gains height towards the back. The 'depth of field' that makes this garden work so well is achieved by placing the fabulous multi stem trees where you can see them both and choosing a larger one towards the back optically shortening the garden and thereby disguising it's shape. If you garden is a rectangle then the challenge is making it feel less like a box by imposing a new shape on the space and de-emphasising the boundaries- much harder in a small space like yours.

    Make sure you choose trees that will remain small so that the garden matures well.

    oh, and let us know what you decide to do in the end. Hope you enjoy it once it's finished!

    S

tranginator wrote:Mar 6, 2016
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    John Davies Landscape

    This is Osmanthus burkwoodii - pruned and trained into the umbrella form.

  • Dodie Gazda

    I really like the Osmanthus. From what I have read on the internet, it's only hardy in zones 7-10. What would be a suitable alternative from zone 6 that would give me the same look?

krischang wrote:Jan 31, 2017
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    John Davies Landscape

    The slatted boards are 50mm x 20mm thick with 10mm gaps.

adriennemford wrote:May 25, 2016
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    John Davies Landscape

    Hi, there isn't any stain used on the wood. What you see pictured is new iroko. Like all hardwoods it will fade to grey.

kittenchick wrote:May 22, 2016
bluerockpropertygroup wrote:Jul 30, 2015
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    John Davies Landscape

    Hi, the stone is basalt, sometimes called basaltina or basaltite probably because it is from a quarry in Italy. It is a very beautiful stone with a creamy grey colour. Here we used an antiqued finish (a bit like the brushed finish you sometimes see in limestone) but you can also have it sandblasted which results in a paler, coarser, more open texture.

peiksia wrote:Jul 14, 2017
    ccyomee wrote:Jul 21, 2015

      What Houzz contributors are saying:

      anniekendall
      Annie Thornton added this to The Most Popular Outdoor Living Photos of 2015Nov 18, 2015

      11. A mini-destination in an urban yard. Making the most of space is important in an urban garden. Landscape designer John Davies also inspired a journey with a secondary destination in this London backyard, something often reserved for larger gardens. Floating pavers of basalt stone traverse a water feature back to a raised gravel terrace. “This was designed as a destination — a place where you might sit with a glass of wine,” Davies says. A multistemmed Japanese maple (Acer palmatum) in the background, a burkwood osmanthus (Osmanthus x burkwoodii) in the foreground and dramatic lighting offer sculptural intrigue. Domed plant sculptures surround the outdoor area, along with an iroko wood fence.

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