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Contemporary Garden near Coast, Dorset

Designed by Helen Elks-Smith MSGD. The garden now provides somewhere to sit in the sun for morning coffee, for lunch and to catch the last rays of summer.

Contemporary Garden near Coast, Dorset designed by Helen Elks-Smith

There is a separate area for growing a few fresh vegetables and soft fruit to take to the table. The clients wanted a strong design to match the clean lines of the contemporary interior.

Contemporary Garden near Coast, Dorset designed by Helen Elks-Smith

The design is softened with lush planting to provide a strong structure that looks good throughout the year. The garden is close to the coast but with a degree of protection from strong winds and far enough for the salt content to be less of a concern.

Contemporary Garden near Coast, Dorset designed by Helen Elks-Smith

There is little by way of borrowed landscape and neighbouring houses rooflines are quite dominant.

Contemporary Garden near Coast, Dorset designed by Helen Elks-Smith

The palms, cordylines and bamboos have been carefully positioned to break up these lines and create a green oasis in which to relax.

Plants list:

Trachelospermum jasminoides
Buxus sempervirens
Trachycarpus fortunei
Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
Phyllostachys nigra
Fatsia japonica
Dicksonia antarctica
Hebe 'Mrs Winder'
Phormium 'Yellow Wave'
Phormium tenax 'Variegatum'
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb'
Pittosporum tobira
Polystichum setiferum 'Herrenhausen'
Sedum 'Matrona'
Bergenia 'Bressingham White'
Liriope muscari
Miscanthus sinensis 'Kleine Fontane'
Stipa arundinacea
Hemerocallis 'Tetrina's Daughter'
Clematis florida var. sieboldiana
Amsonia tabernaemontana
Eryngium planum 'Blaukappe'
Salvia x superba 'Merleau'
Polystichum setiferum 'Pulcherrimum Bevis'
Kniphofia 'Green Jade'
Viola riviniana 'Purpurea'
Clematis 'Tage Lundell'
Cordyline australis Purpurea Group
Iris 'Black Swan'
Eryngium x zabelii 'Jos Eijking'
Phormium cookianum 'Black Adder'
Agapanthus campanulatus 'Jacks Blue'
Helleborus x hybridus 'Harvington Smokey Blues'
Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Kitten'
Dierama 'Cosmos'
Agapanthus 'Blue Brush'
Muhlenbergia lindheimeri
Designed by Helen Elks-Smith

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