Hawthorn Project – Garden Design

After 12 months perfecting the garden design, we’re excited to kick off construction at our Hawthorn project next month.
The brief given by our clients, a lovely family of four, was to modernise their front, rear and side garden areas.  Whilst our approach was to give these areas a contemporary make-over it was important to remain true to the fundamental heritage features of the Victorian era property.
A large lawn, driveway and traditional path to the veranda were all high on the priority list for the front garden, whilst a studio and pool with room for the kids to play was our focus for the rear.
For the side area, we designed a paved courtyard that will be edged by a low hedge and feature traditional clipped Buxus spheres.  Bluestone will be used throughout the garden with a contemporary layout and finish, contrasting with the more traditional textural qualities of Filetti ‘Endicott’ paving as a nod to yesteryear. The continuation of the Filetti inlay between the pavers draws the eye down the side of the property. Not only will this enhance the overall design, this feature will help link all areas of the garden and help transition from traditional to contemporary.
Our planting plan for this project has a strong perennial bias. We’re using a very similar plant palette to the original garden, structured in a more contemporary manner. Mixed plantings such as Escallonia ‘Pink Pixie, Ajuga ‘Jungle Beauty’, Salvia ‘Tanzerin’, Rosa ‘Golden Celebration’, Rodgersia ‘Hercules’ and Dierama ‘Portwine’ will feature in the front and side gardens with deciduous trees such as Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’, the Trident Maple Acer buergerianum, Crab Apples Malus ioensis ‘Plena’ and Malus transitoria ‘Royal Raindrops’ and the beautiful Dogwood Cornus x ‘Stellar Pink’, bordering the Bluestone steppers. Perennials will be anchored by a screening hedge. Smaller deciduous trees with varying colours and foliage shapes are also planned. Our aim is to keep the front entrance simple yet impactful.  We’re reusing the original rose obelisks placed within the large front perennial boarder.
We’re really excited about this project and look forward to sharing developments as we progress.
Hawthorn project. Garden Notebook Edition 23. Ian Barker Gardens. Garden Design