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With Spring bulbs and Summer flowering shrubs making sure those seasons work in the garden, designing for Autumn needs to be subtle and draw upon not just colour but textural and tonal contrasts.This first picture below I took in West Sussex at Petworth house. A very good hot coloured combination as the weather gets cooler.The Cardoon, purple Asters and Miscanthus grass is one of my favourite combinations for a late Autumn border, majestic and detailed.Sedums and silver Artemesia provide a vivid...
We completed this garden design and build about two years ago.We decided to make a real feature out of the beds by the side of the drive by planting a row of 5 Yew columns.However the fence was very unsightly behind the Yews so we made a bold decision and chose all the major, different coloured Pittisporums that can grow to minimum 8 foot. Now it has become a very attractive and unusual hedge with the small frilly leaves of the Pittisporum contrasting with the dark columns of Yew.We then make gr...
A while back this space apparently used to be Lord Sackville's tennis courts. (Sackville of Sackville Rd) . Then it became a neglected suburban garden full of Bay trees.My clients wanted their garden to be a social space both for adults and children, with lots of colour yet low on maintenance.We designed the seating area around a Corten Steel fire pit with lovely golden Cedar wood to match the house and the Summer house. We decided on a deep grey to offset both the wood and the greenery. Two pen...