NATURALISTIC PLANTING FOR AN ELEMENTAL GARDEN
These clients asked for a very loose, informal planting scheme, to complement this elemental garden with its large wildlife pond. We used large drifts of stipa gigantea, panicum virgatum, rodgersia pinnata and miscanthus sinensis “Silberfeeder” for foliage interest and schizostylis coccinea and persicaria bistorta superbum for flowering colour.
MODERN COURTYARD PLANTING
This simple planting makes a strong statement in this walled area (part of a bigger garden). The rhythm of the small ’avenue’ of whitebeams is interrupted by the stylish clay pots and the circular theme of the box hedge helps create a quiet symmetry within this country garden.
CONTEMPORARY PLANTING: RAISED PLANTER
This small, contemporary planting scheme is simply about textures. The foliage of the fatsia japonica is a good background for the euphorbia and skimmia. The raised planter was used for visual effect but also because the existing soil was heavy clay with poor drainage. The white pebbles act as a decorative mulch and add an extra sense of style to this courtyard scheme.
COUNTRY ESTATE PLANTING
This image shows just a small section of a 6 acre garden , all of which had to be landscaped. Apart from the tree there was only scrubby field grass when we first looked at this scheme. The simple gravel path links the house with a large lake and is senn here planted out with phlomis fruticosa, phlox and an early flowering yellow azalea. We planting to a large scale, generally plant in groups of 10 or more.
This herbacous border was created using mainly perennials and is a vibrant sea of colour from May to late September.
Featuring, mainly a palette of pastel shades there are also some soft reds. Includes large drifts of hemerocallis ‘Bonanza’, hemerocallis ‘Sammy Russell’, geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’, geranium maccrorrhizum, as well as buddleia davidii ‘Nanho White’.
This couple were passionate gardeners. The maintainence involved in this kind of garden is not exactly minimal. They wanted a simple wildife pond with cascading waterfall, and some very naturalistic planting. Shown here, we see large drifts of santolina pinnata sspneopoli, salvia nemerosa ostfiesland, miscanthus sinensis, hemerocallis stella’d’oro, hemerocallis ‘pink damask’.