This heavily wooded garden needed a planting solution that would thrive in shady conditions; the bare beds testimony to the most important rule for planting scheme: chose the plant to suit the place, not your taste.
The poorly shaped beds, with insubstantial timber edging that will only rot over time, were transformed with reclaimed brick edging to match the existing.
The new planting scheme, selected for the sandy, alkaline soil profile & low light levels, will thrive. Leaf shapes & textures will provide interest throughout the year, with Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’ & Fatsia japonica providing bold accents. The tall grass, Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' will add movement even in the slighest breeze in this sheltered space. The planting scheme has been repeated across both beds to unify the space.
In the sunny front garden, the planting palette compliments the front door colour, and textural accents provide interest throughout the year.