Cre­at­ing rhythm, pace and tex­ture

Gardens Illustrated Magazine - - Designer Garden -

Key to the success of this shared gar­den is the rep­e­ti­tion of plants and hard-land­scap­ing ma­te­ri­als. Here are some con­sid­er­a­tions.

At ground level

Bold blocks of sin­gle-species plant­ing, such as the blue ca­mas­sias and low-grow­ing wald­steinia (1), cre­ate rep­e­ti­tions of colour and tex­ture that draw the eye across the space. In the main peren­nial borders (2), which line both sides of the gar­den, Ulf has used the Siberian conifer, Mi­cro­biota de­cus­sata, as tex­tured ground cover. Nor­we­gian slate (2), used for the main paths at the rear, is laid in rep­e­ti­tions of dif­fer­ent widths – 40cm, 30cm and 20cm – to cre­ate a softer rhythm in the hard land­scap­ing.

At mid height

Cylin­dri­cal slabs of gran­ite (3), from Ulf’s gar­den prod­uct range, pro­vide ca­sual seat­ing through­out the gar­den, while an­gled slabs break up the geom­e­try of the me­tal-edged beds and sug­gest a vis­ual link to the gran­ite out­crops of the nat­u­ral land­scape. Um­brella forms of the dwarf Scots pine, Pi­nus sylvestris ‘Watereri’ are re­peated through the beds (4) on both sides of the gar­den, cre­at­ing a series of rounded punc­tu­a­tion points.

At head height

Four pow­der-coated steel arches (4) have been po­si­tioned fac­ing each other on both sides of the gar­den to pro­vide each house with a framed view of the sea and the forested is­lands. In summer some are soft­ened in summer with clema­tis and roses; oth­ers are left un­planted. The ta­per­ing crowns of Quer­cus robur ‘Koster’ (4) planted in both main peren­nial borders cre­ate an aerial rhythm from one side of the gar­den to the other. Near the en­trance, six of the same oaks, planted in a grid (1), have been left clear stemmed to cre­ate a more slender profile.

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