A practical and fully planted front garden in Redland
To make the most of this generously proportioned front garden, Redland initially the existing lawn and hedging were removed and the garden entirely replanted. An evergreen hedge, of portuguese laurel, lines two boundaries of the garden helping to conceal practical bin and bike storage, supplied and installed by The Bike Shed Company. The largely planted garden, replacing an uninspiring lawn, is greatly enjoyable from the internal spaces. Plank paving in basalt creates a stepping stone path for access to bins and bikes. Thyme and grasses act as an evergreen carpet between pavers.
Being a front garden it was important to create a welcoming effect with the planting. A beautiful semi-mature Magnolia was planted as a focal point. Climbing Hydrangeas will gradually cover the walls of the house, while a cedar planter by the front entrance features a corkscrew hazel with interesting red foliage and corkscrew stems that look spectacular during winter. The majority of the planting is evergreen to give year round permanence. Plants with a long season of interest were selected for maximum effect. An irrigation system was installed to allow the garden to be watered when the client is away.