City Gardens, Dublin

The city can be an urban jungle: so sometimes we interpret this very literally. When space is limited and the big wide world is loud, hard and grey, a garden can be a place that's different from all that: in the city more so than ever. Here are some of our city hideaways, where plants are the most important ingredient.

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A small courtyard garden off a kitchen: a little sun trap which encourages indoors and outdoors to blend together - weather permitting.


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A small woodland garden at the Sean O'Casey Community Centre, right in the heart of the inner city. Despite the urban environment, we recreated an idealised native woodland in a number of small enclosed outdoor atriums.


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Three pictures of a small back garden in Dublin 4: the high walls and shelter from houses can provide shelter for some very unusual and showy plants. This garden mixed unusual plants with clean limestone paving and a small area of lawn.


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Aneone blanda 'Blue Shades' and Frittilaria meleagris growing in a shady corner.

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A grove of Echiums with ferns and groundcover plants beneath.

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A planting scheme for a sunny corner. For over ten years we looked after and developed the beautiful city centre park of Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin City Centre.


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Bananas, tree fern, bamboos and colourful plants at eye level: a tiny garden off Merrion Square.