from start to finish
Family Garden, BECKENHAM
This residential, family garden in South London is north facing however due to the low density of housing in the area and the size of the garden only the areas closest to the house are in the shade. The rest of the garden gets a good amount of sun throughout the year, which allowed for a wide range of planting options.
The brief was for a colourful planting scheme, coming from both flowers and foliage, with lots of seasonal interest to make the view from the house a pleasure all year round. Whilst also encourage wildlife. There was focus on the period between May and September when the garden is most in use.
I added colour using flowering herbaceous perennials with a white, blue, purple and orange colour pallet; Echinacea purpurea, Verbena bonariensis, Veronicastrum ‘Pink Glow’, Gillenia trifoliata, Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’, Peony ‘Janvan Leeuwen’ and Thalictrum ‘Elin’.
Flowering shrubs included white roses, Buddleja, Choysia, Cornus siberia & kelseyii. I used the grasses Miscanthus sinesis and Melica uniflora as well as splitting and distributing the existing Hakonechloa macra into other areas of the garden.
I created mid-level evergreen structure, as there was already lots of tall shrubs with Berberis daibolicum, Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’, Pittosporum ‘Golf Ball’ & ‘Tom Thumb’ and Carex morrowii. Plus, the use of plants with interesting leaf shapes and colours including light lime, coppers and some variegation; Dryopteris erthrosora, Alchemilla mollis, Fatsia ‘Spider’s Web’ and Heuchera ‘Purple Palace’.
I had to make a couple of visits to create the planting plan, in order to ensure that I had taken into consideration the growth of all the remaining plants through the year.
The images were taken just after the garden was planted so early days but I think you can agree it’s an improvement and the clients were very happy with the finished result. I can’t wait to see it in spring as we planted hundreds of bubs too!