terraced-garden My clients called us in initially to help them out with softening the harsh lines of high brick terrace walls, which had been built to retain soil when their house was extended. Since then I have created borders and planting schemes for many corners of this extensive country garden and we now maintain these borders on a regular basis.

We made the most of the backdrop of the high brick walls to plant espaliered fruit trees against them. They face SW and the heat of the sun absorbed by the walls is good for ripening the fruit. Mediterranean plants were included on the lower terrace beside the eating area so that the aromatic scents would be easy to appreciate and also to provide herbs for BBQ’s and cooking.

The upper terrace has a good view across the garden so a brick-retained area of gravel was laid for a bench and coffee table. A Magnolia was the centerpiece to the planting on this terrace along with Roses, perennials such as Geranium and Iris and grasses. A standard Amelanchier helped to screen my clients from their neighbours.

In the front garden, a row of pleached Hornbeam underplanted with pale and silvery-leaved plants gives a strong formality to the space. There is always something of interest to seek out whatever time of year it might be and even in the bleakest of winters Box topiary and hedging maintains an attractive structure.