Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Silver Shadow'
Large Town Garden
The garden style here was to be relaxed formal with a desire to create a sense of place considering that the property adjoined a woodland area. Planting needed to provide year round interest.
The solution for this garden was broken down into three main areas: a new paved dining area close to the house set above the garden, a more structured formal area below the dining area with a cascade water feature, a less formal area graduating to a woodland setting with appropriate woodland planting. To help make the design relaxed formal, curves have been included, for example, in the layout of the paths, the design of the steps leading down from the dining area, the Taxus baccata hedging forming the boundary between the garden section and the informal path leading to the woodland area. The planting in the upper section is mainly herbaceous with a part woodland theme (e.g. Digitalis grandiflora, Digitalis lutea) that is repeated in the lower section. The central circular area is laid to lawn. The lower section begins with a lawn section that becomes less manicured with longer grass until it is overtaken by more woodland plants, for example, Polygonatum odoratum and Helleborus x hybridus 'Red Lady'. Structural woodland trees are also included in the lower section e.g. Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Silver Shadow'. The graduated theme from the dining down through the garden brings it ultimately to the woodland area that bounds the property.