Some of the Phantom’s fave front gardens are very formal, others, I just love for their sheer exuberance – and this is one of them.
Here, in King William Walk, just by the Cutty Sark, lives a little house with owners that love to put on a show. Every inch of their garden, despite its having a grille over a basement, is covered in pots and tubs of colourful plants, both bedding and permanent.
Window boxes full of pelagoniums, tall tobacco plants, yuccas, trailers – all sorts, in all sorts of containers, offset by hedging and lush dark greens – and, of course, the fabulous Regency/post Regency buildings. A real joy.
Which makes me all the sadder when I turn the corner into College Approach. Same buildings; perhaps even better setting – but look at it. One measly creeper and a few bin bags, the sum total of front gardenry going on here.