Presenting the latest Front Garden from Fenton Roberts.
The brief for this front garden, was to provide a more exciting space within the existing lawn area. The clients wanted a Mediterranean style feel to the planting and particularly liked the Italian Cypress tree.
This was the garden before work began.
The area is large so we needed to retain some open grass area. The existing curved driveway meant that a circular lawn was most fitting. We removed the excess turf and added plenty more compost to top up the beds and improve the soil.
The final layout has amply sized flowerbeds for an interesting selection of plants while keeping a good size ratio between the beds and the lawn.
Three Cupressus sempervirens Totem provide a focal point in the far corner. This species is much more compact than other Cypress trees which makes it suitable for smaller gardens.
The clients wanted a low maintenance garden so the shrubs included are two compact varieties of Pittosproum that will remain neat and moundy without much attention.
We rescued the Lavender from the existing garden and reused it throughout the new design.
Flowering in May are a dusky brown Iris and the red Geum 'Mrs J Bradshaw' (above). Geums are great, evergreen, trouble free plants for the front of the border. If deadheaded, after their initial flowering from May - June, they will continue to flower intermittently until the end of the summer.
Another red flower on show at this time is Armeria pseudarmeria ‘Ballerina Red’.
The garden was planted about a month ago and is already starting to fill out. We look forward to seeing it continue to grow into the Autumn when the Sedum and Rudbeckia will carry us through to the winter.