This garden may have room for a tiny lawn or you may prefer none at all. Views may be compromised by proximity to neighbours and shared fences but by making clever use of the colour green it is possible to look out at a beautiful garden. There may only be room for a limited number of trees so we stay within a completely evergreen theme with Magnolia Little Gem espaliered along fences and use Acer Bloodgood with delicate-coloured leaves as a feature in a courtyard. Flowers may not be a priority in this garden but there is plenty of opportunity for interest in clever combinations of texture by using crisp double hedging of differing leaf size to border outdoor areas. There are several options for hedge types but two obvious choices are the easy but tough Prunus Lusitanica for the taller hedge and Buxus Sempervirens for the lower hedge. Carefully positioned evergreen grass Lomandra Lime Tuff adds movement and provides another contrasting form and texture. The use of paving and decking can mirror the contemporary colour palette of the house with entrance ways indicated with grouped edgy pots in colourways that complement the building materials. These can be repeated in outdoor courtyard areas. A crisp, minimal relatively easy garden - with irrigation installed and a couple of trims of the hedges during the year to keep this garden looking fabulous.
Plants and plant spacing:
Prunus Lusitanica hedge 70cm
Buxus Sempervirens hedge 20cm
Lomandra Lime Tuff 60cm
Magnolia Little Gem 3m
Acer Bloodgood 3m
Foliage colour: Green and burgundy
Flower Colour: White
Uses: A small but smart contemporary garden contained within tidy hedging.
Portuguese Laurel is a magnificent hedging plant. A glossy evergreen with small white flowers followed by red berries. A great choice if you are looking for a hedge to stay between 1 to 2 m in height. Very tough and grows in full sun to full shade, not a real fan of sitting in wet, so free-draining soil is a must. Requires a trim twice a year, once in late spring and another early autumn. Plant them between 70cm to 1m apart. The closer you go the tighter the hedge and the faster you get it, but no need to go any closer than 70cms.
Ideal for group planting in sun or part shade. Fine needles of lime-green foliage form an attractive clump and look good all year round. Little stems of yellow fragrant flowers in summer. Tolerates poor soil but likes good drainage. Easy to grow. Evergreen.
Magnolia Little gem always looks good, tolerates just about any conditions. Glossy green leaves accented with a bronze under felt, large creamy white blooms that are softly fragrant. Wonderful as a single specimen or as an avenue planting. Evergreen.
The image of the Magnolia Little Gem in the container is our 45L grade 2m+, really chunky plants that will give you an instant visual.
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