Work is almost complete in Bridge of Weir. We still have a few details to complete. The sail shade is ready to go up, and there is a small sculptural feature to be installed near the seating area. There is a very different feel to this garden now. The setting is much more contemporary and in keeping with the fife-stone bungalow.
Before and After
The client requested a path that leads to the front door instead of zig-zagging through this large garden, creating a more formal entrance. Twinned shrubs – Exochorda micrantha ‘The Bride’, and Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’ are placed along the path, along with a Cornus Kousa ‘China Girl’, which in future years will provide punctuation points along the route. In between these we have salvias, lavenders and stachys with their contrasting foliage, colours and scents. The planting uses blues, greys, pinks and silvers to compliment the colour of the house, although we have thrown in a hot border underneath a gorgeous Sorbus with bright red berries, and it looks great! The central beds will spill over with Hakonechloe macra – that generous flowing Japanese grass – and this is interspersed with Agapanthus and groundcover roses.
I was delighted to find these containers which blend beautifully with the stone of the bungalow as well as this Phormium ‘Sundowner’.