Fences do very much more than define the boundaries of a design. In our gardens a fence can transform an urban garden into a private haven, provide a dramatic backdrop to the planting, and provide support for a medley of beautiful, scented climbing plants.
Maximum rewards: Redcliffe road, London
A fence can become a dominant feature, and so we were intent on introducing variety to the boundaries of this small garden. We did this by building one fence from horizontal slats in two different widths. The other – made from vertical slats – doubles as a means of concealing a storage area outside the back door of the house.
Spring bulbs: The Lodge, London
Cleft timber has been used for centuries to make fences in Britain. We chose a miniature version of the traditional, cleft-timber fence to enclose new beds packed with spring bulbs in this informal garden.
A chic outdoor space: Holland Park, London
This formal garden was commissioned as a chic outdoor space for entertaining friends and colleagues. We guarded the privacy of these occasions by building up the garden boundary with an espaliered hornbeam hedge and an iroko fence mounted on top of the existing wall.
Satisfying the Senses, Cresswell Place
By leaving a gap between the horizontals of the fence around this urban garden, we created the perfect climbing frame for the jasmine that fills the air with scent in summer.