Berkshire – Planting Plan, Rear Garden

An enclosed long rear garden backing a mature semidetached property.

The client already had a layout plan for the new garden, which he had drawn up a few years before, he started the project during the Lockdown of 2020. The hard landscaping was being finished and the borders dug but he was needed help with working out what to plant and where.


Due to the limitations of lockdown, we were unable to meet onsite. Our multiple discussions were by phone and email with the client providing lots of photographs of his garden and boundaries. Using mood boards, the client was able to envisage the style and colour of planting he wanted to use. The design had 5 distinct areas, he decided on areas of both formal and naturalistic planting, a year-round scented border plus a flowering border in a more shady area.

The formal areas extend from the house terrace, on either side of the garden. Hornbeam hedging is used here to cover the fences, with box edges, topiary, and Hakonechloa grasses giving structure and formality. Bulbs were added to give seasonal colour. Lavender bushes soften the transition from the formal to the scented area where a variety of shrubs and bulbs surround a bench giving a year-round scent. Beyond this is a deep border across the width of the garden. Here grasses are weaved with flowering perennials in larger swathes, full of movement and texture, surrounding the summer house and terrace they give the immersive and naturalistic feel the client requested. The shaded area planting is a mix of shrubs, perennials, bulbs, ferns, and climbers to provide interest throughout the seasons.

Project Type: Formal Planting, Naturalistic Planting, Planting Plan, Scented Planting, Shaded Border


‘Pam took time to understand what we wanted from our garden and how we planned to use it, listening to our tastes, and guiding us along the way. The restrictions from lockdown did not prevent Pam from producing a fantastic garden design that we are really pleased with and look forward to enjoying for many years to come.’

Mr N Higgins, Berkshire

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