Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Designing a garden for a difficult site

A garden is only as good as its custodian. As much as we as designers put together our plans, proposals, perspectives, moodboards and material selections. A garden needs constant care, weeding, feeding, deadheading, nurturing as well as enjoyment and pleasure.

Our clients in Leigh, Kent have embraced their new garden with gusto.



This garden has an existing Church wall to its boundary and a new block retaining wall, the garden has a repetition of green oak,
1. used to form steps through a planted border,
2. to create height and structure against the rendered wall,
3. for raised salad and vegetable planters
4. posts for the tension wire barrier.

The changes in level on this site are significant, the lawn is over 2 metres above the terrace.





Rendered retaining wall and limestone paving



The helenium's looking amazing




Raised oak planter full of carrots, chard, herbs and companion plants  - marigolds that give off strong odour repelling the green and black fly, their new greenhouse in the background.




Garden designed by greencube
Garden constructed by Langdale Landscapes






Sculpture in the garden, greencube designs a sculptural ball garden

I'm still out taking photos of all the gardens that have been constructed in the last year and last night I visited our clients in Borough Green, Kent to photograph this garden.

We designed the terracing around this very beautiful home and picked up on the existing buff coloured stone detailing that formed the sills and frames around the doors and windows. A complimentary colour  of yellow granite was finally chosen (Yellow Granite paving from CED) and a sculptural border of yellow granite balls (from Rock Unique) underplanted with Ilex crenata balls and Libertia grandiflora. Oak benches and oak arches have also been included and some division of zones created by deck laid flush with granite. This scheme fuses well with the house and setting.


I will return in August to take further photos when the garden furniture is in place and hopefully get some night shots, lighting not yet fully completed at time of visit.


Greencube planted this garden in two phases, the trees, root ball yew hedges and Ilex crenata hedges were planted in February and the rest of the planting went in during the spring of 2013.








Sunday, 7 July 2013

courtyard garden in mews house in Chislehurst

We've just finished this garden (June 2013), so it needs to bed in a little and the feature plants need to grow and soften the hardscapes, but we are really pleased with the results so far.

Our clients live in a Mews House in Chislehurst, their garden was filled with builders leftover block pavers, soulless and uninviting when I first arrived to pick up the initial brief.

It now looks like this!

This small courtyard garden now has two deck terraces (millboard eco decking) divided by sandstone planking from CED blended with boulders and pebbles of various sizes. The trellis panels have been made on site using western red cedar.





Material selection is so important, combining the right materials that blend together or contrast in colour and texture, keeping within the context of the house and setting are key points to achieving a successful garden. We worked closely with the landscaper on this one to ensure all the finer details were delivered in this very small space. 











Garden designed and planted by greencube
Link to other gardens by greencube
Garden constructed by Quest Landscapes

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Purple Fuzz

Another garden now completed in Tunbridge Wells. The rear garden was completed last year and features on our website greencube.
Now the front has been completed including a resin bonded drive.

This modern front garden with a limited palette of planting and hardscapes that include dark grey granite and eco friendly millboard decking is looking wonderful, great kerb appeal and full of bees and butterflies.

A 600mm granite ball that took some hefty lifting into place by the landscapers and required reinforcing as it was too heavy to sit on a standard water feature grill.




Now looks great immersed in a simple palette of Nepeta, Buxus balls and Allium christophii

This border is sited at the entrance of the house and divides the drive from the courtyard space below.



It's a wonderful focal point as people arrive and walk down the steps to the front door.












Garden and planting by greencube

Construction by Creative Landscapes


Pretty in PInk....



Our clients wanted an easy maintenance garden with some raised beds and built in seating. The design incorporates a wonderful curvy bench set within a gravel garden, with a low key water blade feature. The garden has a main terrace up by the house, surrounded by a curvy raised planter and another bench by a raised herb and salad growing bed. The garden is set out into three zones, interlocked by a limestone path with brick detail.



There is a series of linear box hedges that cut through the curvy layout, creating structure, form
and directional energy.

Our client dyed the cushions to perfectly match the Geranium and Rose


The brick is subtle buff colour tying in nicely with the house and the paving is a Limestone from suppliers Rock Unique.

We added softwood linear trellis and wooden arch painted in a subtle sage colour that works well with the creamy tones in the paving and brick.
The lawn has brick edging to reduce further maintenance, creating a mowing edge.


The palette of plants include lots of Hydrangeas - paniculata variety as well as arborescens (almost flowering at time of visit).
Other trees and plants include:
Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata', Nepeta, Allium nigrum, Diascia, Geranium 'Patricia', Osteopernum and Erigeron. There are quite a few Miscanthus grasses and an Escallonia hedge which is just about to flower. We have added some spring and autumn colour with shrubs and bulbs, a flowering Magnolia and a flowering Amelanchier. Shrubs include Ceonothus, Eounymus alatus, Ilex crenata, Buxus sempervirens, Cornus.





The garden bench has a lift up seat to store cushions and garden tools.



We use lots of filler plants including Diascia, Geranium and Erigeron, knitting the main plants together and suppressing the weeds.




The paving is framed by brick step and risers forming the 3 level changes. The garden was originally sloping down to the rear boundary.


Garden designed and planted by greencube, garden constructed by creative landscapes