House & Garden's Online Features Editor, Alice Riley-Smith, gets a tour of hair stylist Sam McKnight's London garden, bursting with life in the early autumn. If you haven't read about Sam's garden in our October issue yet, you'll find it on page 254
When he's not busy touring fashion capitals London, New York, Paris and Milan for the shows, hair stylist Sam McKnight finds solitude in the garden of his North London home. "Whatever you're thinking, double it," said Sam to landscape gardener (and now friend) . The result is an abundance of free-flowing flowers and grasses that fill the outdoor space with colour and conjur the feeling of a wild English country garden, structured only slightly to create layers within the constraints of a city garden.
"The garden changes every season because you lose some things and you gain others and there's always different things to do," says Sam, who posts about the garden's goings-on on Instagram (check out those dahlias!) As well as tending to (and Instagramming) his peonies, roses and dahlias, Sam has been honing his green fingers in a vegetable patch. "I'm always cooking with things from the garden. It's really nice to come home and actually pick cucumber and tomatoes, and make your own salad with it."
Sam find parrallels with his work being "quite similar in that it grows, it gets cut back, there's colour, there's form," but mainly this is a place for Sam to potter and find respite from his busy life, and it's easy to see why. Watch our video and prepare to be charmed by Sam and his splendid city garden.
Read more about Sam McKnight's garden in the October issue of House & Garden, out now.