This front garden had become overgrown and was simply a route to get to the front door. The garden lacked impact and the gas man was forced to climb through plants and fight his way through overgrown climbers in order to read the meter. Our clients were looking for a more low maintenance space but still with nice, lush planting and a garden that would be a welcoming front garden when they return home.
The main path leading to the front door has been laid in sandstone setts and creates a wonderful welcome home. This path curves round to meet a secondary, gravel path which is edged in the same setts. A further path leads off to the gas meter, allowing easy access whilst still being disguised with a new pot planted with Phormium ‘Apricot Queen’. The new paths allow easy access around the whole garden and makes the garden much easier to maintain and the use of natural materials still gives a softness. The paving is further softened by the new planting. Lush green planting is provided from Hosta tardiana “Halcyon”, Buxus sempervirens, Tiarella cordifolia “Pink Bouquet” and Epimedium “Frohnleiten”. Shades of purple are added through Lavandula angustifolia, Salvia ‘East Friesland’, Heuchera ‘Obsidiana’ and Geranium “Johnson’s Blue”. Height and impact is added with the two standard Ceanothus impressus “Victoria” shrubs.
The garden has been finished off with the addition of new pots. In a combination of warm cinnamons and zingy limes they add subtle colour to the garden and focal points at the end of the three paths. Architectural planting in the new pots from Fatsia japonica, Phormium “Apricot Queen” and Hebe “Wild Romance” finishes off the look perfectly.