The property consists of a large rockery built 15 years ago where the planting was lacking in colour and interest.
We have stripped 95% of the former planting and also landscaped the area at the top of the rockery to make room for a wildflower meadow with easy access and paths.
I like to use a matrix of several species of perennials but also to play with chance and chaos by using self-sowing biennials (like the Digitalis and Centranthus) which make the design ebb and flow through the years. I also believe a designer should work with the clients for at least a year or two after planting, to help edit, maintain and develop the planting scheme.
A garden is not a painting or a sculpture that is finished at a given point. A garden is a living creation, is something that changes over time, with some species outperforming others and thus in constant need of attention.
This is the result.
|Perennials planting design|
|Wild species-rich meadows|
|Centranthus ruber - Astrantia major cv|
|Planting design using perennials and self-sowing species|