This was a very interesting project, the house was in the process of being built and the
garden was a blank canvas. The clients wanted to achieve a space that was simple, classic
but low maintenance, child friendly, to include a play house of their choice, pizza oven,
bbq, swing seat, patio to seat up to eight, a large lawn area, scented and architectural
plants. They both had different ideas and so the design of the garden needed to include and
combine an architectural feel, winter/evergreen interest, with a softer style.
The house had been lowered quite considerably in order to achieve the height required
which meant that the garden walls were very dominating. Part of the brief was to hide/
distract from the walls. This was achieved by not only using climbers on the walls but by also
using varied verticals accents of different heights for example; bespoke arches, pleached
hornbeam and pencil thin cypress trees.
The main climbers used for screening were Wisterias, Trachelospernum jasminoides,
Hydrangea, Solanum and climbing roses in variety.
Wisterias, Trachelospernum, Pittosporum tobira’ v’, Lilacs, Philadelphus, lavender, roses
were used for scent, Penstemon, Salvia, Geranium, Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’, Caryopteris,
Phlomis russeliana; shrub roses, Tulips and Alliums in variety were used for long
successional flowering periods.
Magnolia stellata, Camelia, Azalea were planted to give structure and spring interest.