This contemporary garden design for the busy owner of a Victorian terraced house in Balham provides an adaptable entertaining space whilst providing low maintenance evergreen colour and structure with carefully balanced plants including Phormium ‘Red star’ and Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’ that provide colourful foliage all year. Western red cedar baton fencing was used to give strong geometry to the boundary and a striking back drop to the planting. Cedar was also used to build the ‘L’ shaped bench which allows informal seating or a dining arrangement with a table and additional chairs. The bench is under planted with shade loving plants to increase the sense of space and provide a unique feature at night when lighting picks out the structure of the plants. Sawn harvest sandstone was used as the surface.