Red, yellow, orange, black, grey and green garden with plant list!

Red and yellow and orange and black and grey and green  contemporary garden

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Here we have the garden as it is being built – you can see the paths going inPaths going in - a BEFORE shot! 300w, 1024w" sizes="(max-width: 4272px) 100vw, 4272px" />

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This is a very large and unusual garden. 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.

The fences were in reasonable condition but looked pretty terrible so we painted them 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


Ground cover

Epimedium x perralchicum ‘Frohnleiten’

Lamium maculatum ‘Beacon Silver’

Pachysandra terminalis ‘Green Sheen’


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