A garden design for the front of a house has to serve many purposes.
It needs to be welcoming with colourful planting planned throughout the growing season.
It should have some strong structure both to tie in with the solidness of the house and to look good in the winter months.
It also needs to compliment the look of the house. Sometimes that is choosing a blousy, breezy garden design to balance the hardness of the house’s facade or much more formal shapes to garnish the house with a formal presence.
In this garden design we chose a simple succession of colour for April and May. Wonderful Crown Imperial bulbs and Tulips, with the orange Geum flowers soon to give way to Irises and Alliums. Great feathery Fennel will stand out in the beds, willowy and welcoming, throughout the Summer.
We chose as our structure the purple leaved evergreen Pittisporum Tom Thumb with purple Heuchera.
At the end of Summer I hope to go back and photograph the changes and the new flowers that have pushed through.