Traditional Topiary Transforms a Large Garden in Crookham

A beautifully formal topiary garden takes centre stage in this large open garden.

ALDA in Action

If you are looking to make an impact and define an area in your garden, using topiary may be the answer. In this recent project, Katie our designer creates a garden design which plays on the traditional character of our client’s property and brings formal structure to the open lawn space. The clever geometric design uses symmetry and strong lines to create impact.

The Garden Before:

Here are some photos of the garden before we started working.

Overgrown hedges had taken over this part of the garden and the pattern of the design had been lost.

Design Transformation:

Katie’s clever design completely changes this area of the garden. Here are some of the the key elements, which make the design work so well:

The new topiary design is based on an inner and outer square using Ilex Crenata (Japanese Holly).

Four bay standard trees planted in each corner of the planting borders add to the overall structure and bring height to an area which is dominated by low level planting.

From the house there is now a pleasant view and a new path which invites you to walk down to the new garden and beyond to the summer house.

The topiary draws your eye to the beautiful slate ball water sculpture which sits snugly in the centre of the design.

Smart red brick pavers frame the water feature and are used for the pathways leading outwards. The colour of the pavers ties in with the bricks of the property and provides a contrast.

Simple bright perennial plants in purple and white peep above the low hedges and will provide both colour and textural contrast once the hedge fills in.

A paved landing area has also been incorporated at the back of the design to provide the perfect spot for our client to put a bench to relax and to appreciate the sound of trickling water and her new topiary planting.

Before and After:

Take a look at this before and after slider to see what a difference the new topiary garden has made:

A couple of points to note…

  • The stunning water ball sculpture was supplied by Tristan Cockerill (tel: 07917320572, email and installed by ALDA Landscapes.
  • A word to the wise, we purposely opted for Ilex crenata in dark green instead of privet topiary. Privet can attract the privet moth which can cause irreparable damage to the plant. llex crenata is a Japanese holly which is pollinated by bees and is more disease resistant.

Like what you see?

From planning a new border to a complete garden remodel, we pride ourselves on transforming ideas into beautiful reality, with minimum disruption. If you’re based in or around the Reading and Newbury area, we’d love to meet and discuss your project in detail – book your free no-obligation garden consultation today. We do get pretty booked up, particularly during the Spring, so plan ahead if possible!