Baldock courtyard garden planting design

Clients’ brief:

This garden was diminished by large Choisya’s that had outgrown their small borders. Planting was to be beautifully understated, with form and scent to be plundered from white roses and lavender. The colour palette was kept to three flower colours; white, pink and puple, all held together with the wall as a backdrop. We planted Clematis alpina ‘Frances Rivis’; which has delicate bell shaped flowers to be enjoyed from early spring. We also did some remedial pruning to an overgrown Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper), which was taking over the wall. A hard prune was all that was needed to reinvigerate this plant and keep it in its place.

I suggested planting an Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ into a large square planter, which really added some drama to this cosy courtyard. My clients were unsure about the scale of it but were delighted once they saw it in their newly planted garden. There is much fun and drama to be had by indulging in a large specimen within a small space.