As is often the case, the rear of this Balham garden catches the morning sun, while the front garden basks in the afternoon sun from the west.
These rather shady settings at the rear created the perfect zone for tree ferns, which the client was keen on. They're joined by a supporting cast of honey spurge, pheasant's tail grasses, epimediums and native ferns.
The front garden is planted up with a mix of golden oats, verbena and bronze fennel to create a tall, hazy matrix. The 'understory' includes deschampsia, sea lavender and Byzantine gladiolus.