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  • Writer's pictureSarah Kay

My E11 Naturalistic Planting Design

This week I've been planting my E11 Naturalistic Planting Design. My aims with this planting design were threefold:

  1. To create privacy, particularly from the left hand neighbours

  2. To provide a longer season of interest

  3. A stronger connection between the house and garden

Privacy was created with a trellis extension of the left hand and back fencing but also by introducing 4 multi stem Betula jacquemontii into the scheme. These trees will also provide stunning Winter interest bark. The existing Taxus cones have been replanted between the trees to give punctuation to the softer surrounding planting. Evergreen shrubs including Pittosporum 'Irene Pattinson', Skimmia 'Kew Green' and Hebe albicans provide a backdrop which lightens up the overall scheme with the light foliage and flowers.

Ornamental grasses form the majority of this design with tall (Miscanthus, Calamagrostis brachytricha) and short (Carex everillo, Carex comans 'Frosted Curls) grassess interspersed with colourful herbaceous perennials including Salvia 'Caradonna', Echinachea Purpurea, Astrantia and Hylotelephium and ground cover to soften the bed edges (Geraniums, Erigeron, Persicaria affinis 'Superba' and Ajuga reptans.

Bulbs will be added in the Autumn to provide some Spring interest. I will be maintaining this garden going forward so look forward to seeing it progress month on month.

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