I recently revisited a client’s front garden in Breteton Heath, Cheshire which was redesigned in February 2013 and planted up in the May of that year. One year on and the new garden is coming along nicely.
The clients didn’t want to spend a huge amount on the project however they did want to create a more interesting and attractive frontage to their property. We reused the existing Marshalls Saxon Buff paving adding to it as required and picked up the blue/black brick detail on the front elevation of the house creating interest and definition within the paving. Cotswold stone chippings laid over landscaping fabric provides a complimentary low maintenance surface. Evergreen planting including clipped box balls, phormiums, stipa gigantea and Italian cypress adds a contemporary style and all year round interest. Repeat plantings of Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ and Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ were also added.
The garden boundary is curved against the road so a good sized curved border was developed to incorporate the two existing maturing Sorbus trees. Shrubs including Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’, Amelanchier ‘Obelisk’, Choisya ternata, Arbutus unedo, Cornus ‘Magic Flame’, Cryptomeria japonica ‘Elegans’ and a Sorbus vilmorinii were added for low maintenance screening.
My clients verdict – ‘We love it. You designed a low maintenance, smart front garden which met our limited budget and which everyone comments on – it stands out amongst the surrounding gardens’.
FRONT GARDEN BEFORE LANDSCAPING
HARD LANDSCAPING COMPLETED AND PLANTING STARTING TO GO IN
ONE YEAR ON – MATURING WELL