Garden designing with Photinia ‘Red Robin’

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Two garden design aspects that we choose helped to transform this back fence in Hove.

One was painting the back fence and shed a beautiful dark grey. Garden design can often forget the most simple of transformations- paint. And in a couple of years when the fence begins to fade the climber Trachelospermum would have taken over.

Another garden design technique is mistakes. We ordered 6 *10 foot Photinia ‘Red Robin’ standardized balls but when we unwrapped the protective fleece they turned out to be cones. After the initial surprise my clients and I saw how original and striking they looked so didn’t complain to the nursary!

The last part of this garden design for the back fence was choosing some small purple flowering Hebe to grow at the base.

Actually another garden design principle is to do with privacy. We could have designed an enormous wall of green to give privacy to the garden from the houses on the other side but it would have dominated my client’s space. By using the decorative rhythm of the Photinias I think we created a far more powerful effect.

See Before and After below


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By |2020-07-07T15:33:48+01:00March 21st, 2016|Blog, Transformations|Comments Off on Garden designing with Photinia ‘Red Robin’

About the Author:

In 2006 I formed Glorious Gardens, gathering together skilled practitioners to offer not just design but implementation of these designs and maintenance packages where we could look after the gardens once we had created them. Throughout my career I have designed gardens to inspire people with the heart aching beauty of nature, with shapes, colours, moods and proportions to pleasure the body and calm and delight the mind. I am also an artist who works with colour and abstract shapes and I bring this sensitivity to the 4 dimensions of a garden. I am very good at listening to clients and I’m able to draw out the essence of what a client wants for their outdoor space.