Coming up with ideas for your outdoor spaces can be particularly tricky, especially if you know precious little about landscaping, planting, shrubs, trees and flowers, and so on. Which is why, if you’re thinking of hiring gardening services in London in the near future, you might want to pop off to have a look at Kyoto Gardens in Holland Park.
Holland Park itself is spread over 54 acres of the grounds of the former Cope Castle, a large Jacobean mansion built by Sir Walter Cope back in the 17th century. It was later named Holland House after the Earl of Holland’s wife inherited the property.
Kyoto Garden was designed and built by a Japanese garden designer to celebrate the Japan Festival in London in 1992, a co-operative project between the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
It’s no surprise that so many Londoners love hiding away in this beautiful garden, providing much respite from the hustle and bustle of city life as it does. There are ponds with koi carp, tiered waterfalls here, there and everywhere, stunning cherry blossom and maple trees… the list goes on!
You’re sure to be inspired to come up with similar designs for your own outdoor spaces and you could certainly do a lot worse than creating a zen garden for yourself.
To come up with something similar, make sure you look to Japan’s natural forests, mountains and streambeds for ideas for colour, plant choices and so on. Dark shades, deep greens, muted browns and something more vivid like red can really help to bring your garden alive while staying true to the Japanese aesthetic.