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Normally when you design a planting scheme you need to get the structure right- this is the right proportion of volumes and shapes. Next is tone - creating a mix of deep dark foliage plants, light airy plants, making sure the leaf textures and light reflective qualities of each plant make a good contrast. My oil painting teacher, Jason Tremlet, suggests looking at your composition with blurred eyesight so as not to be distracted by colour.But then there is colour. Glorious colour. It is not real...
Originally this garden had about 8 old Rose beds in the middle of the lawn and a few sad shrubs around the edges. Our client wanted to open the space up for kids and dogs yet have a feast of different plants and colour.I took some detailed pictures of the planing last week. it is starting to knit together and become more than the sum of its parts. One great but tricky part of garden design is making sure the plants combine well and compliment each other as well as take over from each other ...
This was the perfect muddy mess. For a garden designer the worst a garden is the better as the transformation is that more satisfying.At first we thought to entirely plant up the area but my clients decided they wanted to keep maintenance and costs down and introduce some lawn. I think this was a great idea as the green, clean space and curvaceous beds brings out the delicate beauty of the plantsWe used lots of bright, Mediterranean perennials in the front borders with more English shady lo...