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  • Writer's pictureSarah Kay

N16 Curves & Climbing Planting Design

This week in the studio I've been working on the planting plan for my N16 Curves and Climbers garden. As the name suggests, the design is focussed around curved planting areas with climbers softening the tall batten trellis fencing which surrounds the garden.

View from kitchen

The colour inspiration for the planting comes from the existing plants with the plant forms and textures chosen to ensure a naturalistic feel which echoes the flowing curves of the garden.

The bark of the existing Myrtle communis tree has a lovely bronze hue to it, whilst the existing Hydrangea flowers are dusky pink with green tints. The Boston Ivy which adorns the back fence also has strong Autumn colour in shades of pink and red.

Myrtle communis bark

Autumn colour of Hydrangea and Boston Ivy

The bronzes and apricot tones of the bark are reflected in the Autumn colour of a multi-stem Amelanchier and Heuchera caramel and the dusky pinks of the Hydrangea in Astrantia 'Roma', Hellelborus 'Penny's Pink' and Calamagrostis brachytricha.

As a reasonably shady garden, I've chosen pale foliage (Hebe albicans, Carex 'Frosted Curls' and the white flowers of Choisya ternata, Hydrangea petiolaris, Anemone 'Honorine Jobert' and Allium 'Mont Blanc' to help lift the tone of the planting. This will also contrast beautifully with the dark fencing. A backdrop of ornamental grasses (Calamagrostis, Luzula, Carex) will soften the overall scheme.

I look forward to the build and planting of this garden in Summer 2022.

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