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Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border
Foxgrove Road, Dry Planting Border

Dry Planting Border on Foxgrove Road

Overview

This garden was situated on a mid-century modern estate in Beckenham. The estate sits on a site of about an acre in total with a large communal area in the centre. The residents are enthusiastic about how their estate looks and tightly control it’s external aesthetics.

Brief

The brief was to create a low maintenance, colourful, modern garden with year-round interest. My clients wanted to move away from the safe shrub planting on much of the estate and hide the wooden bollards to make sure the scheme looked attractive from all angles. The plot is in a particularly exposed, sunny site, so we decided to create a planting scheme that could survive without water.

Design Concept

Due to the aspect of the site, I recommended a dry planting scheme.

Process

We chose hardy Mediterranean shrubs and plants and grasses to give structure and visual interest for most of the year, whilst the hardy perennials gave colour through the seasons. After its first summer (the first half was particularly dry), the plants established well, so the dry garden experiment got off to a good start.

Results

“Working with a self-managed estate consisting of thirty one separate houses can be a tricky business, the dry land equivalent of shark-infested waters. Happily Carole from Design Heights was up for the challenge, and from initial planning to final implementation the process was amazingly smooth. A year later the whole estate is reaping the benefits of a professional and creative planting scheme, which will no doubt endure and give pleasure for many more years to come.”

Jake, Beckenham