This project was commissioned as a soft landscape design and installation, with the existing hardscape having been installed by the builder around the house being retained. Planting is designed to soften the house and add seasonal interest. The main views are from the picture window in the kitchen and upon entering the house. The existing garden comprised of turf only with a hedge of Laurel (Prunus prunifolia)
Installed in spring 2015, the planting was designed to give a stylish coastal/New England feel to match the interior the house; however as the site is positioned a couple of miles inland, the planting utilised non-coastal species, adding texture and depth.
The use of repeat planting and drifts of perennials and grasses through a framework of shrubs gives informality, while maintaining an uncluttered look whilst trees have been selected for seasonal interest and colour, with the white stems of birches contrasting with the black stemmed dogwood Cornus Kesselringii giving a striking contrast against the muted colours of dormant grasses and perennials in winter, To the front of the house, clipped Hornbeam pillars stand sentinel like in a sea of grasses and perennials, and the Ornamental Pear, Pyrus 'Chanticleer' will fill out to screen the boundary, providing spring flower and spectacular autumn colour.
David Loy MSGD B.Sc. (Hons) Horticulture RHS Cert Horticulture SGD (Society of Garden Designers) - Registered Member