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Millstone Water Feature

Millstone Water Feature – East Finchley

Millstone Water Feature

Water cascade over antique millstone

A millstone water feature provides a focal point in a courtyard garden or entrance area. Water flows through the centre and cascades gently bringing a sense of calm.  Once used for crushing grain into flour, the antique millstone links history to this garden in East Finchley. With garden lighting, the water feature looks great at night too.



The Millstone

Millstone Water Feature 19th century millstone

Lichen on weathered red sandstone, the millstone for the water feature

This red sandstone millstone spent its working life in the 19th century in a mill in Cumbria. Since being discarded in the countryside, it became very weathered with lichen.  In its new life as a millstone water feature, the lichen pattern will change as the water flow creates a new micro-climate and local ecology. It all adds to the charm and changing interest of the water feature.




Waterworks and Lighting

Millstone Water Feature - Lighting

Beams from uplighters illuminate the millstone water feature

Water is pumped from a reservoir below the millstone. It flows through the hole in the top and then cascades gently over the sides. Stainless steel uplighters direct their beams on to the water.  The small fountain look likes a flame!  Grey slate paddlestones cover the waterworks and electric cables. My design makes it easy to remove the pump if needed.



Clay Paver Path and Seasonal Plants

Millstone Water Feature in island bed

Millstone water feature in island bed with paddlestones and plants

My garden design sits the millstone water feature in a larger island bed.  The clay paver path provides a route around the garden.  We completed the planting in November and it will fill out in 2016.  There is already some winter interest with evergreen tiarella, carex and ferns. The larger pheasants tail grass will give wonderful autumn colour into winter.  Spring and summer will bring soft seasonal colour with pink and white columbine, lilac day lilies, palest blue veronica and pink astrantia.

Long Narrow Gardens

Long narrow gardens are made interesting by dividing the space into linking areas.  The use of curves also gives the appearance of greater width and it helps to keep the garden as open as possible to neighbouring gardens.  We applied these principles successfully in the re-design of a garden in Stoke Newington, North London

Stoke Newington Garden


Patio with Raised Planters and Cedar Strip Screening

Patio with Raised Planters and Cedar Strip Screening

The patio beside the house is used as an outdoor room.  The stone paving has been re-laid in an attractive flagstone arrangement.  A simple pattern of clay brick pavers makes the space feel larger.  It includes a semi-circle detail which links with the arc of a new raised brick planter.  This curve softens the patio edge, and encloses the space.


The area is screened with cedar strip lateral trellis for privacy.

Pergola and Cottage -Style Shed

Pergola, Shed, Cedar Bench and Patio Detailing

Pergola, Shed, Cedar Bench and Patio Detailing

The paving continues as a short section under a pergola. This has been planted with climbing roses, and a scented evergreen jasmine.  In time, these will screen the patio area.  Beneath the pergola is a thyme lawn, edged with clay pavers. The climbers are underplanted with Nepeta  and Achillea.

The pergola frames a small cottage-style shed items used on the patio.


Wavy Brick Paver Path, Lawn and Borders

'Stepping-stones' of clay pavers, meander through the lawn.

l ‘Stepping-stones’ of clay pavers, meander through the lawn

A path of brick paver ‘stepping-stones’ invites us through the lawned area in a gentle meander past a willow tree.  Large curved borders are planted on either side.  The boundaries are mainly open to the adjacent gardens with a stretch of low palisade fence.  This gives the garden a spacious country feel, quite different to a long narrow garden in London.

Until the plants are established, the borders have been protected with netting as there are several foxes who like to visit.


Work Area Screened with Willow Hurdles

Willow Hurdles and Work Shed

Willow hurdles screen the work area

The path finishes at the paved work area with a large shed for storage. The work area s attractively screened with willow hurdles which fits the country-style of this part of the garden.