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Retaining with green oak sleepers

I designed this garden in Oxted in Surrey a few years back, its a front garden with a gravel drive, an island bed that is viewed from all sides and some interesting levels retained with green oak.

I received a few photos from our client in the summer and I stopped by to take some more whilst visiting a new client just round the corner, on Friday.

This garden has generated 2 new enquiries and 2 recommendations, not bad for a small front garden.

A simple palette of planting includes Buxus balls, Lavandula and Dianthus



The planting has established very well and our clients are doing a great job maintaining it.

Photo taken 27th September 2013
Shrub and perennial border includes Hydrangea 'Prezioza' and late summer flowering Aster 'Monch'

Picture taken summer 2013

Sculptural balls - clipped Pittosporum 'Golf Ball' beneath a line of Magnolia grandiflora



Almost Vertical Planting in Sevenoaks - Green wall Installation with Roof Terrace

Greencube designed a garden in Sevenoaks back in February 2013 for a very difficult site with a hillside rising 7 metres from the base of the house.

This house was a new build and our clients inherited a lawn on a steep almost vertical bank that could not be mown without risking injury!

The rear of the garden rises from the upstairs windows for a further 3 metres with a rooftop garden/courtyard. We have designed geometric deck platforms, creating a raised boardwalk, across the difficult terrain.  We took our inspiration from Patrick Blanc's vertical living artwork and the Thames Barrier Park with its near vertical lonicera greenwalls. Our clients have described this garden as their  'mini eden project'.

We have delivered a wonderful green wall that is low maintenance and a wonderful outlook.

The planting consists of 6 species all ground hugging and chosen for their textural contrasts, fast growing to lock the bank together to create a living wall, a tapestry of interwoven …

Late Summer Colour and Interest in the Garden and Quartz wall uplit at night

Foeniculum vulgare purpureum planted with Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'



Aster frikartii 'Monch'


Stipa gigantea with Pittosporum 'Tom Thumb, clipped balls
The seed heads on the stipa this year have been amazing, described by visitors as an exploding firework

Looks great at night with the uplighters on the wall

Quartz Retaining Wall



Here we mixed the quartz wall with green oak on end


Buxus sempervirens with Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Hameln'



Garden designed and planted by greencube

Wall built by Clayton of Quest Landscapes

Lighting by Oakleigh Manor Lighting Ltd