If you're about to buy property in central London, you might have resigned yourself to the potential lack of garden therein. A thin strip of green here, a courtyard there, perhaps a terrace or a balcony. If this is to be the extent of your outdoor space, you might view it as a trade off in return for the perks of city life - the West End on your doorstep, verdant royal parks just down the road, or a view of the Thames on your daily walk into the City.
Perhaps you actually prefer a low-maintenance outdoor area - or none at all - and if that’s the case, Dexters have plenty of central London properties to suit your brief.
But if you’re green-fingered, you’ll know that clever city gardening is a major part of the trend for space-saving design in London homes. Fortunately, we have a number of properties with exceptional outdoor areas that would be ideal for you too. For evidence of the amazing feats that can be achieved in your average walled garden, just take a look at this leafy family home in Islington, complete with decked terrace and garden room.
So whether you’re inspired by table-top gardening or you’re already planning your visit to the City Living Garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, take the time to talk to Dexters about what you’re looking for. We have twenty eight offices across central London and a host of prime properties with eye-catching garden space to surprise you.
Tabletop gardening is the way forward for townies with little space. You get all the satisfaction of creating a planted landscape, but on a smaller scale. London gardener and stylist Emma Hardy has all the moves. “Broaden your buying to perennials as well as annuals and you have a far wider choice of flowers and foliage that will last longer than a season,” says Hardy, who has dreamed up 35 projects for small spaces into a book, Tiny Tabletop Gardens. “Look beyond the usual terracotta pots for a container that’s a good colour or shape and that you can knock holes into the base, such as galvanised tubs, old biscuit tins, wine crates and wire baskets. I find great stuff at car boot sales and markets like Spitalfields and Kempton Park.”