Top tips for a show-stopping garden
For a naturalistic garden like Stone Lane, it is important not to over-crowd the design with too many different varieties. Kenneth’s principle was to use just a few types of plant, but always planted en-masse, and repeated throughout the garden.
Most trees look better planted in groups, unless you are keen to create a single specimen. A group of trees will have differences of shape that look natural.
Try not to prune too high up the trunk and not to over-do the formative pruning. A tree with low branches and a slightly quirky structure looks a lot more interesting and wild, than a specimen that has been pruned within an inch of its life.
Think about the eventual size and shape of the plant, particularly woody plants. There is no point planting something in a space where it will need constant pruning to keep it in check, much better to plant it somewhere it has the freedom to grow.
It is not just the flowers that can look good. Bark also has texture and colour. Leaves can be graceful and visually interesting, as can fruits or seedpods, making a lovely feature during autumn months.
If something doesn’t look right, don’t be afraid to rip it out.