Ever evolving design.

17 Oct

Its not often that I get the chance to see my garden designs evolve over time. Generally my involvement ends when the garden is landscaped and planted. And sometimes I don’t even get to see that if the client decides to arrange everything themselves.

So it was nice to be invited back last week to a garden project that first started in September 2012.

My clients had moved into a new house and were knee deep in extensions and renovations but realised that to make the most of these changes they really needed to improve the garden.
The patio was too narrow and the planting was very old and past its best.
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The brief as to enlarge the space for dining and sitting without eating into the lawn too much and to make the planting lighter, more interesting and less shrubby!

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So the final design included a mixture of paving surfaces – sandstone paving stones & brick paviors, and the planting included box balls, low box hedges and plenty of roses and airy verbena bonariensis.

There is more than enough space for a large dining table and an extra seating area.

The large existing box domes were able to be moved slightly and retained besides the steps up to the lawn.

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Work started in early 2013 and progressed quickly despite miserable weather.

Everything was finished by early summer, ready to be enjoyed.
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I was delighted to get a call last week, to come over and view the garden over a year since it was completed. And it was looking lovely ! The verbena was taking over ( a good thing !) and the roses were still flowering madly. The box has filled out nicely and with exception of one crab apple tree and a clematis everything was growing well.

A wedding is planned for next September so I was called on for advice to make sure the planting will look fabulous this time next year. I gave the usual advice – Dahlias in pots to drop into gaps; dead head everything all the time ; a late ‘Chelsea Chop’ for selected perennials and if all else fails you can always stick bunches of lilies into jars hidden amongst the foliage !

I shall go back again in August 2015 to check its looking fabulous !

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