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Replanting within an existing design

I was asked to replant certain areas within this magnificent Oxfordshire garden, which had been created by its new owners over the previous five years.

The wide borders by the terrace are in pole position outside the kitchen and conservatory, but the lavender interplanted between balls of box had largely died out.

I introduced a varied planting, with a good number of unusual plants, to give a long season of interest with accents of colour and form within a harmonious whole.

In larger borders deeper in the garden, I took to opportunity to move many maturing shrubs, creating vistas and making new plant associations. Introducing a number of star performers ensures a display through a long season.

A screening planting of willows was removed and replaced with a subtle planting of evergreens such as Hoheria, arbutus, Eucryphia and Daphne, with staggered planting to screen the house without over dominating the planting of the border.

Salvia cacaliifolia

Salvia cacaliifolia is one of a number of long-flowering accent plants in this replanting of terrace borders

Terrace before replanting

An intial planting of lavender between box balls had died out, leaving these large, prominent borders underperforming

Six months after replanting

A wide range of plants were used as replacements, with a mixed ecology guarding against future problems

Terrace view

There is a unifying theme of grey foliage, set off by crisp box

Accent plants

A range of accent plants provide interest through the year, here in October

Replanting within a shrubbery

The large shrubbery had many plants moved within it, and high performing plants inserted to up its flower power

Salvia cacaliifolia is one of a number of long-flowering accent plants in this replanting of terrace bordersAn intial planting of lavender between box balls had died out, leaving these large, prominent borders underperformingA wide range of plants were used as replacements, with a mixed ecology guarding against future problemsThere is a unifying theme of grey foliage, set off by crisp boxA range of accent plants provide interest through the year, here in OctoberThe large shrubbery had many plants moved within it, and high performing plants inserted to up its flower power

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