My job was the designing while hubby Gordon did all the spade-work.
A small amount of lawn was created to act as a foil to the plants. It's not a large garden by any means but we seem to have managed to squeeze in a lot of plants!
A favourite garden designer of mine (and the one I was most influenced by) is John Brookes. I bought one of his books in the 90's and immediately knew the style of garden I wanted to create and couldn't wait to get my hands on this brand new project. He taught me that a garden is more than just a space for growing flowers!
My other favourite garden designers are the amazing Ulf Nordfjell, Luciano Giubbilei, Chris Moss and Tom Stuart-Smith.
Emphasis was put on foliage colours that would punch out against contrasting foliage …..
The paving for this little round patio (below) was deliberately chosen for it's bright sunlit effect against the dark glossy green vertical backdrop of ivy and the little curved Box hedging. The black metal dining set and the matt black horizontal frame of the pergola are both important influences on the effectiveness of this composition.
A seating area close to the house allows for the use of interesting pots and containers, perfect for this little spiky exotic-looking collection (below).
Also a good area for displaying individual specimens like Box cubes in these lovely tall granite planters (below).
...... and other little areas around the garden have been put to good use for those lazy hazy days when the sun finally decides to come out!
The garden is probably at its most colourful in May and June when the Acer leaves have appeared and the young foliage of the evergreen Pieris Forest Flames (left), which are dotted around the borders, turn fiery red before gradually turning from pink to cream and finally dark green.
At the same time various Rhododendrons are taking it in turn to burst into full bloom creating large swathes of deep crimson and various shades of pink around the borders.
Another one of my favourite Rhododendrons is ’Nancy Evans’ (left and below) which starts off with deep orange/red buds that gradually open to a lovely subtle shade of burnt yellow.
I love the soft contrasting palette that’s created in this border by the deep purple of the pansies and the dark red of the Acers.