The clients wanted a complete redesign of their garden to create a space for relaxing and entertaining with their family and friends. The garden was long and narrow so I decided to split up the space into three different sections. The top section nearest the house included an oval patio surrounded with new planting, a trellis and rose arch to create some privacy and a new border with sweet smelling and colourful shrubs and flowers for interest all through the year. The middle section of the garden already had two existing borders so these were reshaped and planted with large evergreen shrubs and perennials for a more natural and woodland feel. The children’s trampoline will also move across to the right hand side of the garden so that it doesn’t block the view through the rose arch from the top of the garden. The bottom end of the garden will have a sunken semi circle seating area with a low evergreen hedge looking out across the countryside and a new compost bin built in the lower right hand corner with trellis for concealing climbers. Finally a sunken stone pave path will curve down through all the sections linking them all together and providing access to the shed and bottom of the garden.
At the top end of the garden the patio has been laid and the planting completed except for a new herb border next to the back door.
The planting has focused on creating colour and scent using perennials including Lavandula augustifolia ‘Imperial Gem’, Geranium sanguineum and Rozanne, Penstemon ‘Apple Blossom’ and ‘Garnet’, Phlox paniculata ‘Amethyst’ and Aster ‘Little Carlow’ all anchored with evergreen shrubs such as Choisya Ternata, Hebe ‘Wiri Charm’ and Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Irene Paterson’ .
Climbing through the trellis and over the arch will be pale pink climbing rose – ‘Mortimer Sackler, vigorous evergreen honeysuckle – Lonicera japonica ‘repens’ – and a pretty spring flowering clematis – Clematis alpina ‘Pink Flamingo’.
The two woodland borders in the middle have been ‘mirror planted’ with shrubs including Hydrangea villosa and Hydrangea ‘Lanarth White’, Euonymous fortuneii ‘Emerald Gaiety, Euphorbia robbiae, Skimmia ‘Kew Green’ and Viburnum tinus ‘Lisarose’, all of which can handle both sun and some shade. Both borders are edged with a combination of Heuchera ‘Palace Purple and Alchemilla mollis.