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Majorelle blue in Central London

Compact and, when I encountered it, overgrown with lavish swags of passion-flower-gone-native, the brief for this Central London courtyard garden was to incorporate Majorelle Blue from the famous garden in Marrakech.

Amazingly, Majorelle Blue paint is not commercially available and a bespoke solution was required. What emerged was a sophisticated entertaining space with carefully chosen low-maintenance planting and an automated watering system. A substantial Cercidiphyllum japonicum - the Katsura tree from Japan – transformed the space, introducing the rustle of leaves and keeping the city at bay, whilst a low-voltage LED lighting system has made the garden a venue for year-round entertaining.

 

Majorelle blue

The brief was for Majorelle blue in this London courtyard.

Before the job started

Passion flower had run amok

Work in progress

Cleared of undergrowth, the garden is ready for new fence and trellis. The wall will be rendered and painted - you can see the sample colour on the right.

Fence and wall renewed

The major works completed, colour and plants are needed to make a garden.

Side return

A careful choice of plants is needed in the side return to bring greenery into the space without growing wild.

Plants delivered

With the fence stained blue, the plants are delivered. Trachelospermum - already large, for instant impact - and Actinidia have been chosen for this section.

Majorelle blue wall

The wall has been painted Majorelle blue - a bespoke solution - and appropriate plants chosen for the narrow border in front. Vines climb up tensioned wire ropes that carry overhead.

Low voltage lighting added

The space will mostly be used for entertaining in the evenings. Low voltage uplights and downlights have been installed.

Semi mature tree installed

The view up the side return once a semi mature tree has been planted. This transformed the garden, adding shadows and the rustle of leaves, as well as masking surrounding buildings.

The brief was for Majorelle blue in this London courtyard.Passion flower had run amokCleared of undergrowth, the garden is ready for new fence and trellis. The wall will be rendered and painted  - you can see the sample colour on the right.The major works completed, colour and plants are needed to make a garden.A careful choice of plants is needed in the side return to bring greenery into the space without growing wild.With the fence stained blue, the plants are delivered. Trachelospermum  - already large, for instant impact - and Actinidia have been chosen for this section.The wall has been painted Majorelle blue - a bespoke solution - and appropriate plants chosen for the narrow border in front. Vines climb up tensioned wire ropes that carry overhead.The space will mostly be used for entertaining in the evenings. Low voltage uplights and downlights have been installed.The view up the side return once a semi mature tree has been planted. This transformed the garden, adding shadows and the rustle of leaves, as well as masking surrounding buildings.