It’s official, 2021 is set to witness the return of the Chelsea Flower Show. For the first time in its 108 year history, RHS Chelsea will run over the latter half of September rather than May and celebrate autumn horticulture, new colour palettes and seasonal produce.
After a year of limited travel, this show promises to feature many gardens influenced by foreign landscapes. But, for nature lovers seeking outdoor inspiration closer to home, there are several properties on the market that boast incredible green spaces.
Queens Avenue, a £3.2 million double-fronted home in Muswell Hill is an excellent example of a London property with an impressive landscaped garden. This five bedroom, three bathroom house is full of character, period features and excellent entertaining spaces including a spacious family area, formal reception and cinema room.
The highlight of the property is undoubtedly the large open-plan kitchen that leads onto a tropical garden set around several koi ponds. Koi Carp swim freely underneath a pathway that leads through the centre of the garden to a secluded area with sun loungers and an outdoor dining table to make the most of the spectacular scenery.
Highgate West Hill, a £2 million Victorian residence next to Hampstead Heath, similarly offers a remarkable outdoor space. The four-bedroom home has two rear balconies overlooking a grass lawn and an outdoor patio set over several levels. Every bit of available space is utilised in this garden with raised flower beds and an integrated brick bench.
Those seeking a garden with modern design features need to look no further than Barrowgate Road. This new-build home in Chiswick is set over four levels, each of which has a terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows. The property has a two-tiered south-facing garden with a sunken patio that offers a private area to unwind and enjoy a glass of wine. Banana palm trees and rows of evergreen plants frame the outdoor space and provide year-round greenery, making the grounds feel truly exotic.
Jon Hughes of Dexters Hampstead says, ‘having a garden in London certainly adds a premium to the value of a home. Over the pandemic, lots of people have realised just how important access to an outdoor space can be. We’ve definitely seen more buyers seeking homes with large gardens and well-designed backyards that can act as a real selling point.’