A little adventurous thinking and practical advice can lift seasonless spaces to Himalayan heights, says landscape garden design guru, Barry Burrows…
Received wisdom for planting in developments and in high specification houses is invariably that the garden has to be considered seasonless. This is mainly due to the clipped nature of the majority of plants commonly used, and their evergreen qualities. The end result of this is to produce landscapes that have a decided lack of variety in style and composition, looking pretty much the same in summer as in winter.
Intelligent use of planting can create a unique planting scheme particular to that location, and designed to complement the architecture and interior style. All this requires is a knowledge of soil, micro climate, aspect and plant species, but a little adventurous thinking and professional advice can see any scheme raise its head above the norm and lift the overall impression of the buildings around it.
There are several reliable plants that can deliver over the year with changing displays of colour, texture or scent, to provide relief from the usual evergreen formality and lack of movement.
For structure, there is no better large shrub than Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’. Often referred to as the ’Wedding Cake Tree’, this striking variegated plant has a distinctive layered branch structure that creates a strong textural motif whether in leaf or not. All it needs is a well-drained and sunny spot to create a stunning centrepiece to any garden.
Scent in the seasonless garden
Scent, at any time of the year, is a powerful addition to an outside space, but if you are selling in January you may think that there are no options open to you apart from vases of cut flowers in the house. One plant we use produces the most fabulous scent in mid-winter, so as you sweetest scents found in horticulture. [Read more…]