A Formal Planting Scheme for a Front Garden in Wiltshire

The Brief

My clients wanted to soften the fa├žade of their newly built, classically styled detached property. The garden was a blank canvas that they wanted to shape to fit the style of their house, whilst grounding it in its surroundings. They already had plenty of garden to maintain so it was important that my design created a warm welcome all year round without too much maintenance.

My Design

The architecture of the house has a beautiful balance that I mirrored using symmetrical beds either side of the front door and a formal planting scheme in keeping with the style of the property. I designed a simple mix of scented and flowering plants for the beds in a palette restricted to purples and pinks with the odd flash of grey to work well against the box hedging and red brick walls. The low box hedge prevents the plants from spilling out onto the drive and lends a neat, formal aspect. Spring flowering bulbs in the beds give seasonal colour, Verbena bonariensis brings vertical accent and scented climbers clothe the walls near the front and side doors. Four topiary box cones mark the ends of the beds and the topiary is repeated in planted pots on the front steps. The plants are all relatively low maintenance but will look good all year round.

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