Paris in London: Neisha Crosland's Garden Oasis by

Issue 55 · Roman Holiday · January 15, 2013

Paris in London: Neisha Crosland's Garden Oasis

Issue 55 · Roman Holiday · January 15, 2013

If French gardens are formal and English gardens are not, then British textile designer Neisha Crosland’s London garden is the perfect combination of both.

Known for her oversized graphics and symmetrical geometric motifs, the Royal College of Art-trained textile designer finds inspiration in nature, especially in her garden where the influences of her second favorite city (her husband is Parisian) are apparent in the controlled wildness of espaliered and trimmed trees mixed with potted ferns and raised vegetable boxes.

(N.B.: Crosland’s designs are available in her newly launched online shop.)

Unless otherwise noted, photography by Christine Hanway for Gardenista.

Topiaries and boxwood hedge bring formal French aspects to Neisha Crosland's London garden

Above: Topiaries and a and boxwood hedge bring formal aspects to the garden.N.B.: Want to try growing the same kind of vines against your walls? For instructions and materials, see Design Sleuth: Neisha Crosland's Espaliered Vines.

Neisha Crosland portrait, royal blue shirt, loose jeans, ballet flats

Above: The designer Neisha Crosland wears her own mix of Parisian chic and English comfort. Photograph by Antony Crolla.

potted ferns in front of large vintage mirror in neisha crosland's london garden

Above: Crosland uses a large scale vintage mirror to create a focal point of interest on an otherwise blank wall.

overall view of neisha crosland's garden, assorted pots of ferns, espaliered vines on walls

Above: Potted plants are arranged casually against trained vines.

view of painted green glass and metal doors in white plaster house

Above: The glass and metal doors bring a Parisian feel to Crosland's London home.

assorted pots of ferns

Above: Lush ferns sit in planters of assorted sizes.

Unfurling ferns in Gypsy Design, sample of Pollen wallpaper part of Wallpaper 8 Collection

Above L: Ferns inspired by Crosland's Gypsy Design have been sand blasted into stone by artist Paul Clifford and form part of a water feature inthe garden. A sample of Pollen (R) in gray from Crosland's recently launched herWallpapers 8 collection is available either through Neisha Crosland (retail) or through Turnell & Gignon (trade). Photo by Jan Baldwin Studio.

Espaliered tree with autumnal yellow leaves has been trained to fill out the bay of the garden wall

Above: An espaliered tree has been trained to fill out the bay of the garden wall.

Gentleman's Cap Lime

Above: Gentleman's Cap Lime (R) from the designer's Wallpapers 8 Collection echoes the twisted but controlled vines in her garden. Photo by Jan Baldwin Studio.

Rusty toy car as garden decor

Above: An old toy car with a rusty patina blends in with the garden.

overall view of raised galvanized metal vegetable beds in a nine square grid

Above: Galvanized metal raised vegetable beds stand in a nine square grid.

close up vegetable bed in raised galvanized metal box and trimmed boxwood hedges

Above: Square raised vegetable beds share a similar geometry with the trimmed boxwood hedges.

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