The layout to this garden was existing, having been landscaped 2-3 years previously. The client had then moved abroad and rented the property. Unfortunately, many of the plants from the first planting did not survive so the garden was quite empty and bare apart from some very strong structure. The soil was heavy London clay that needed much improving. The client had a huge array of pots which needed some thought on grouping.
The client for this scheme is a professional photographer, highly creative with a very good eye for colour and detail. She wanted professional design help with a planting scheme for her North London shady garden.
We agreed upon a tasteful green, purple and white scheme with year round interest. First up was the soil improvement which we tackled with sacks of organic matter dug through with a slow release fertiliser to give the new plants a good start.
I decided to pant diagonally across the garden to create expansive triangles and to give a sense of rhythm using groups of ferns, purple Heucheras, Alchemilla, Hellebores, Gillenia, Actaea and white Digitalis (Foxgloves). I also repeated three purple Acers in silver tubs as features.
I turned the disused children’s tree house into a platform for an interesting collection of pots when viewed from below looking up through the foliage, and giving a height interest from the patio.
This garden was open under the National Gardens Scheme in 2017 and will also be open in 2018.