Olive and Lavender Garden
Garden designer Catherine Clancy was tasked with creating a garden which would both complement and soften the new extension of the Greenwich home. The crisp grey limestone patio outside the new extension was already in place prior to the new garden design, which would provide the dining area and a place to relax in the sunshine. Catherine added in a circular bbq area in the same grey limestone at the end of the garden, and a curved stepping stone path to link the 2 paved areas. A curved lawn provides a contrast to the crisp outlines of the patio/extension and curved borders provided generous planting beds, filled with a mix of trees, shrubs and colourful perennials. Her client requested a mix of blues/white/green/purple flowers, with year round colour. Acers, silver birch and pink flowering Magnolia were planted, as these were client favourites. Hydrangea annabelle were chosen for their long flowering period and their soft white flower heads. Spikes of purple salvias and pink Peonies give the borders that soft cottage garden look. Camellias were planted for winter interest. Clematis vitacella and climbing roses were planted to soften the boundaries, and to hide the shed. Semi-mature standard olive trees were planted to screen the sunbathing area from neighbours, and also to compliment in with the grey patio stone. Softwood trellis above the boundary walls provides additional screening without blocking out any light. Smart dining table and chairs from the QT range were chosen to provide enough space for a group to enjoy dining outside in the summer evenings. 2 QT loungers were also added, to allow for sunbathing on the suntrapped patio outside the new extension.
To complete the project, ground level spike lighting was added into the borders to create drama and texture in the evening, and make the garden a warm and cosy place to enjoy in the evening. Grey Concrete Urbis planters filled with herbs on the patio make it all come together.
Grey concrete herb planters are from Urbis.http://www.urbisdesign.co.uk/planters.html
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