The inspiration for this modern suburban garden came from the client’s desire for classic plants in an informal scheme and a specific colour palette of blues, purples and white. In addition the client was keen to introduce fragrance into the garden. The planting design is simple with fewer species repeated throughout to give a consistency and flow to the whole scheme.
The client, an interior designer and her partner, a builder designed and built the hard landscaping themselves with an emphasis on the lawn and a raised seating area at the bottom of the garden. Some planting areas were created from raised sleepers and borders were kept to a minimum width to accommodate the maximum area possible for the lawn.
The garden is north facing and lies over solid alkaline chalk with little top soil for planting. A great deal of ground work had to be carried out before planting could begin and top soil imported. Because of the limited planting space it was important to choose species which would give more than one season of interest and so many of the plants specified are evergreen in addition to their natural season of interest. Some planting will take a while to mature, especially the climbers and those plants bought in 9cm pots.