At the end of last year I was asked by the owners of this house in South Woodford to create a new planting design for their front garden. The brief was to remove the misshapen and uninspiring conifer hedge and create a more natural area of planting that would provide year round interest and be fairly low maintenance for the busy family.
I created a design using a range of plants that will thrive in the semi shaded conditions. There is a focus on textural contrast with seasonal highlights provided by spring bulbs, flowering perennials, scented shrubs and plants with autumn colour. Evergreen and clipped topiary specimens are used to ground the scheme and provide year round structure.
A selection of the plants chosen for the scheme, clockwise from left:
Polystichum aculeatum, Helleborus orientalis, Pulmonaria angustifolia ‘Azurea’, Astrantia major ‘Rosensinfonie’, Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata ‘Ruby Port’, Hydrangea quercifolia, Anemanthele lessoniana, Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’
This week Gary and Johnny were on site to remove the conifer hedge and improve the soil by incorporating plenty of well rotted organic matter. Two new stepping stones where also laid to provide easy access to a utility meter at the back of the border.
In a couple of weeks I will carrying out the planting, when the soil has settled and hopefully the temperature will have increased a little.