Lavish landscapes help to sell upmarket homes

Developers are using high-end landscape design to sell properties at record speeds. Two recently announced projects have anchored housing around much publicised landscape and seen properties snapped up at breakneck speeds.

The Wardian London project will feature glass-cased gardens evoking the botanic palm houses at Kew - image: EcoWorld Ballymore
The Wardian London project will feature glass-cased gardens evoking the botanic palm houses at Kew - image: EcoWorld Ballymore

Landscape architects have helped create "flat-pack gardens" and luxury landscapes for London's latest swanky development, announced on Friday 22 April. West Tower will be one of two high-end residential towers overlooking South Dock and Canary Wharf. Each apartment will have a "sky garden" of up to 37sq m in size.

A service called "the gardener" with on-site florist will provide garden maintenance "tailored to fit residents' lifestyles", according to EcoWorld Ballymore, leading the Wardian London project. A large landscaped Western Garden will extend to four storeys and Blackdown Horticulture collaborated on roof and flat-pack gardens.

Inspiration came from rare plants and trees first transported to London in Wardian cases at the peak of the British Empire. The same kind of trees will be sourced for public areas. They include Wollemi pine and a collection of succulents to offer thick, verdant landscapes to the outdoor spaces. "These succulent plant collections display a seasonal variety, which allow the elevated outdoors to move with nature's rhythms," said a spokesman.

Columns will intertwine with exotic foliage in the lobby area while a series of large glass-cased gardens will evoke visions of the botanic palm houses at Kew. Landscape architect Huw Morgan said: "The launch of the West Tower brings greenery to the fore and spearheads the movement for London to engage further with its green space. We are offering customisable gardens to each resident to add to the hundred different exotic species of plants and flowers across the development."

Wardian London will include 624 apartments and penthouses in two buildings rising to 50 and 55 storeys, designed by Glenn Howells Architects. The first residents are expected to move in during 2019. "This project marks the day that our vision of outside-in living fully comes to life," said Ballymore UK managing director John Mulryan. "Wardian London reflects our ground-breaking ambitions. This project will cement our reputation of producing unrivalled, unique products."

Meanwhile, Much of Lillie Square, a high-end 30ha residential development in London's West Brompton masterplanned by Sir Terry Farrell, is dedicated to lavish green spaces. The landscape includes an 80m garden square designed by Andy Sturgeon set around 10 mansion blocks featuring mounded lawns, seating areas, plenty of trees and seasonal planting. It is due for completion in 2018.

"Lillie Square is a modern interpretation of the classic London square," said Sturgeon. "It accommodates plants set within large green lawns and framed by a bespoke timber sculptured seat." The first purchasers will take residence this summer.

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