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Front Garden Design

The whole front garden was just shingle onto of old brick and concrete. The worse the garden the better for me as the transformation is that much more delightful.

My clients wanted a front garden design that would compliment and enhance the front of their newly renovated house. They still wanted an area to drive into the property to park and they wanted the bed to be very low maintenance.

I separated the drive area from the garden with a mixed evergreen hedge and a bespoke black metal arch to match the curve of the arch over the doorway and the metal trim pattern on the house.

A Cretian water pot bubbles away as they have their breakfast in the sunny morning space to the left of the front of the house.

Using shingle, 20mm white york, allows them to access the plants effortlessly, keep the weeds down to a bare minimum and allow a feeling of space and light in the front. 

I choose Cercis, Japanese Acer and Amelanchier lemarkii for the feature trees as they will hold their shape and not create any dense shade.

We used Euonymous Green Rocket to line the front path to avoid disease prone Buxus. Plus it has a dynamic upward growth habit which definitely adds to the front.

Draft plan.
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Stillness Amidst Chaos

Last year's growth provides the woody veins in which the bright electric blood of Spring is now flowing. The bulbs have emptied themselves of their carefully stored juices and the liquid had turned into fleshy green swords pushing through the intractable clay. All the Prunus family are in flower and a strong wind creates confetti for the passerby. Suddenly amidst all this upward and outwardness a pot is seen through the undergrowth- heavy, stately, still- the garden rests awhile inside the quietness of it's belly.

 

 

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divine pot

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Meditteranian pot, with an Australian tree fern behind it and to the right, Calamgrostis ' Karl Foerster', a tall stately grass, its upright character a perfect foil for the horizontal earthiness of the pot ( We chose it from Pots and Pithoi)

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pot at the centre of the universe

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Placing a pot here makes it the centre of the garden around which all other things revolve. The Phormium radiates out like a slow motion explosion.My client chose the foreground grass, Matteuccia Struthiopteris, which provides a lovely delicate contrast to the more architectural planting

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weighty pot

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Once we added this pot to the design everything fell into place. One way to see garden design is to see a garden as a balance between weight and lightness.

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