When it comes to re-designing a garden, the hard landscaping often takes centre stage when we produce the dramatic reveal, so it is sometimes easy to overlook the impact that the plants have on the finished design. Crucially, plants take time to grow into their surroundings, so we were really pleased to get the opportunity to return to a couple of our clients’ gardens two years later. We could see for ourselves how the plants have settled in and the contribution they make to the overall garden designs.
As you can see, the plants have brought the gardens to life by:
- Injecting colour into the garden
- Softening the outlines of the house and borders
- Taking on a style which complements both the property and the client’s brief, whether this involves bold planting choices or a more relaxed style
A front garden in Binfield
Here kerb appeal has been created by installing raised sleeper beds with a smart new resin surface surrounding the beds. Although the effect of the hard landscaping has instantly added interest to the front, it is obvious to see how Katie’s low maintenance choice of plants has brought colour and year-round interest. The repetitive style of planting adds cohesion and impact and shows what can be achieved in a relatively small space.
Some of the plants used included:-Stipa grasses, Sedums, Geranium Remardii, Buxus and Lavender.
Cottage style garden in Earley
On re-visiting this cottage style garden, it was a joy to see how beautifully the planting borders fit in with the traditional style of our client’s property. The planting closest to the house whilst having a sophisticated feel has elements of more relaxed planting too which softens the outline of the house and patio, and smoothly links the patio to the lawn. This can also be seen in the curved border running behind the built-in seat and the long border where the plants are flourishing.
Some of the plants used included:- Lavandula Munstead, Penstemon Garnet, Salvia Nemorosa, Anthemis tinct, Verbena Bonariensis, Epimedium, Polystichum, Anemone, Geranium Ann Folkard, Helleborus x hybridus.
Take a look at these before and after photos to see what an impact the planting has made!