Bowles & Wyer

Inside the Garden of a Designer

Written by Rosa Hinton

Intrigued to see inside the garden of one of our Landscape Architects, Anca Panait? She takes us on a virtual tour round her urban garden…

Anca admits that living in a rental property, she is lucky to have garden space but her garden design needs to be easy adaptable. Anca comments, ‘As a young designer who doesn’t stay too long in any one place and moves almost every year, I’m used to container gardening because it’s easy to take your plants with you to your next location. But it’s now been almost two years since I’ve been renting this place with a small urban garden and I’ve got carried away and spread beyond my pots.’

Dahlia 'Karma Maarten Zwaan'
Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue'

The garden is a continuously evolving relationship between nature-inspired planting and strong architectural forms. Grasses and herbaceous plants add seasonality and texture to existing structural trees and shrubs. New additions such as chocolate cosmos, scabious and dahlias add colour while ferns and carex add richness and movement.

Cosmos atrosanguineus 'Chocamocha'
Phacelia tanacetifolia

This year is also my first attempt at growing vegetables such as broccoli, lettuce, radishes and tomatoes. One of my favourite things in the garden is the new small fig tree I potted this summer. Although it will take about another two years to produce figs, I think it’s beautiful and brings an exotic vibe to the garden.

Fig tree
Allium cernuum

July 8, 2020