• Sarah Kay

Wildlife Friendly Planting for my E8 Urban Sanctuary Garden

My client wanted to attract as much wildlife as possible into her small urban garden whilst creating a colourful and inspiring view through her kitchen window.




The key focal point in the planting will be a feathered Betula utilis jacquemontii which will bring all season interest and height. The back wall will also be clothed in a Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston Ivy) with an ever changing colour palette throughout the Summer and Autumn.


The evergreen backbone of the planting design will be made up of the existing Cornus elegantissima, Grisilina littoralis, a Viburnum tinus and Anemathele lessionana. The fencing will also be softened with evergreen Hydrangea petiolaris and Trachelospernum jasminoides with Clematis cartmanii 'Avalanche' and Lonicera 'Gold Flame' providing seasonal colour.


A striking Acer palmatum 'Bloodgood' will be underplanted with a variety of Hellebores, Astrantia and Heuchera in whites, purples and copper hues which will link with the corten steel elements of the garden design with seasonal interest provided by Spring bulbs in the early season and Achillea and Irises in the Summer.


I look forward to planting this garden later in the Summmer.