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A Tropical Twist

Bramley, Hampshire

A blank canvas is always an exciting prospect, provided in this instance by a stylish new build with just the terrace and rear garden laid to lawn. The brief presents a challenge, requesting a country garden with a tropical twist suitable for an English climate.

This project requires an element of hard landscaping to create a route through the garden and access to the future greenhouse. By introducing a path, there is an opportunity to draw the eye away from the fencing along the bottom boundary by changing the direction. Equally important, is the inclusion of a central focal point providing interest along the route. In this instance, this is provided by the Armillary sculpture underplanted with Agapanthus africanus and Stipa gigantea.

The slate path and geometric shapes introduce a contemporary feel. Furthermore, raised oak planters reflect the shape of brick planters already in situ on the terrace. This design feature creates a continuous flow through the garden.

The garden is a mix of leafy foliage, texture, evergreen and perennials that will create a lush, leafy, tropical feel. Dicksonia antarctica and Trachycarpus fortunei, as well as Magnolia grandiflora, are planted to provide structure and height in the garden. In addition, a Photinia x fraserei ‘Red Robin’ hedge will screen the greenhouse. The dark leaves of Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ contrast beautifully with Hakonechloa macra aureola in the raised planters.

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