This corner site presented as a square, level front garden that was fully exposed to the street on two sides. A mature Canary Island Date Palm dominates the space. The clients wanted to increase their privacy without screening off completely. Their brief was to create a rambling, wild, English-style garden and an open lawn space with a paved entertaining area.
To create the desired screening from the main road a mixture of hardy flowering evergreen shrubs, deciduous feature trees and architectural foliage plants were combined in layers. Sinuous paths wander through the deepest parts of the garden beds for access and to wander through the planting.
A custom made, oversize iron arbour supports a heavily scented Wisteria; once the remainder of the garden has grown this will look more in scale. A rectilinear paved space adjacent to the verandah is big enough for a table and chairs, or standing space for twenty. South facing garden beds adjacent to the house are filled with shade tolerant ferns, Japanese Maples and other foliage plants.
Scented species have been selected and placed near windows and paths for optimal effect. As well as choosing plants that are easily propagated to fill in gaps, it was recommended that the whole site be oversewn with self-seeding annuals and perennials, to further encourage the chaotic, intermingling effect desired.