The original space to the front of the house was an overgrown jungle with trees growing right up to the house and any view completely blocked. The clients wanted a complete re-design so that they could sit outside in the evening and look through the garden to their fruit orchard beyond.
The whole space was completely cleared of all plants and the edge defined by a new picket fence and gate. A new sunken stone path was then laid through the centre to provide access from the patio to the orchard.
The garden was designed so that the colour palette ranged from hot colours such as red, purple and dark pink through to more soft shades of white, mauve, lilac and pale pink. The hard edges of the path were softened by a combination of Geranium x sanguineum and Nepeta and Lavandula ‘Munstead’ lined the edge to the patio to provide scent in the evening.
Structure was provided by shrubs such as Philadelphus ‘Virginal’ and Ceanothus x pallidus ‘Marie Simon’ on the soft side and Weigela florida, Cistus purpureus and Buddleja Buzz ‘Blue Sky’ and ‘Magenta’ on the hot side. Red and dark pink ground cover roses, Geranium x magnificum, Astrantia ‘Major’ and Monarda ‘Pink Lace’ provide ground cover whilst blue delphiniums and white and pink foxgloves provide structure along the fence.