This is a very large and unusual garden in Hounslow. It has a 40 metre long concrete wall separating it from a school behind. The shape of the garden is triangular and our remit was to design it in such a way that the wall was either disguised or masked with planting and the strange shape was made less obvious. Our client was looking for: a formal area close to the house with patio and raised beds for easy gardening, a rougher lawn for children to play on, and a wild flower garden at the very end with a small orchard and wild looking shrubs (easy!). They wanted paths interconnecting all the areas so that their elderly parents could also enjoy the garden.
They also wanted a gravel garden with herbs, a shade garden with ferns, and some raised vegetable beds held in with black railway sleepers. The style is contemporary but with a touch of classical and with rather bright coloured planting… a difficult mix to design.
We put in new fencing and painted it black. This worked well because our client wanted a black/grey look for the raised beds and patio. We planted espalier trees the whole way along the back wall and climbers along the black fencing. We planted fruit trees in the orchard and olive trees in the gravel garden. The planting is predominately red, orange and yellow and here are some of the plants!
Espalier fruit trees, Acer Palmatum, Amelanchier lamarkii, Fruit bearing trees – malus and pyrus, Olive trees (Olea Europaea) standard – loose head.
Vitis coignetiae, Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’ or ‘Belgica’, Clematis Montana, Trachelospermum jasminoides, Rosa ‘Etolie de Hollande’, Rosa ‘Teasing Gloria’.
Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’, Arbutus unedo, Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’, Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’, Cornus ‘Elegantissima’, Hydrangea arborescens’Annabelle’, Viburnum plicatum ‘Mariesii’, Osmanthus burkwoodii, Daphne odora aureomarginata, Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’, Philadelphus ‘Manteau d’Hermine’, Escallonia rubra ‘Crimson Spire’, Abelia ‘Edward Goucher’, Spiraea x cinerea ‘Grefsheim, Chaenomeles superba ‘Crimson and Gold’, Potentilla ‘Red Ace’.
Crocosima ‘Lucifer’, Hakonechloa macra, Hellenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’, Hemerocallis ‘Stafford’ or ‘Gentle Shepherd’, Heuchera ‘Marmalade’, Kniphofia ‘Ember Glow’, Penstemon pinifolius, Persicaria amplexicaulia ‘Firetail’, Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’, Verbascum ‘Firedance’.
Grasses and ferns and ‘others’
Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’, Athyrium filix –fenina, Dryopteris affinia, Polystichum setiferum.
Others (random section, herbs etc)
Allium ‘Cristophii’, Anenome ‘St Honorine Jobert’, Helleborus foetidus–nigra, Liriope muscari, Erigeron karvinskianus, Origanum vulgare, Soleirolia soleirolii, Thymus vulgaris.
Epimedium x perralchicum ‘Frohnleiten’, Lamium maculatum ‘Beacon Silver’, Pachysandra terminalis ‘Green Sheen’.