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Contemporary Sloping Garden

By Reading based MSGD garden designer Andrea Newill. A contemporary sloping garden around a generous level terrace within the sloping site, laid with sawn, contemporary beige limestone to tie in with the interior floor of the house.

Contemporary Sloping Garden By Reading based MSGD garden designer Andrea Newill

A bespoke aluminium pergola is positioned in front of the house, planted with Wisteria and Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’, which will climb over the structure to provide shade on the south facing terrace.

Contemporary Sloping Garden By Reading based MSGD garden designer Andrea Newill

The client’s exiting stone table is positioned beneath this for family dining. A spherical water feature set within a brick built raised bed provides a focal point on the terrace and the sound of gently running water.

Contemporary Sloping Garden By Reading based MSGD garden designer Andrea Newill

Further brick built raised beds with limestone coping help to soften change in level from the terrace to the lawn. Pleached hornbeams screen the terrace from the neighbouring property.

Contemporary Sloping Garden By Reading based MSGD garden designer Andrea Newill

Naturalistic sun loving planting edges the terrace, including Heuchera, Origanum, Saliva ‘Caradonna’, Alliums, Knautia macedonica and Stipa gigantea with clipped box and Yew hedging for structure.

Contemporary Sloping Garden By Reading based MSGD garden designer Andrea Newill

The north facing lower garden was designed to provide an attractive view from the house with a shady gravel seating area and focal point sculpture. Planting here includes Aruncus, Anemones, Aquilegia, Hydrangea quercifolia, Brunnera, Violas, and a feature Cornus kousa var Chinensis.

Contemporary Sloping Garden By Reading based MSGD garden designer Andrea Newill

The existing play house at the bottom of the garden, was renovated and is now used by the client’s grandchildren when they visit.

Contemporary Sloping Garden By Reading based MSGD garden designer Andrea Newill

Topiary Ligustrum half standard trees throughout the garden provide a connection between he different areas and echo box balls, the spherical water feature and the balls of purple and white allium and Hydrangea ‘Annabelle’ flowerheads.

Contemporary Sloping Garden By Reading based MSGD garden designer Andrea Newill

Plant list

Trees

Carpinus betulus
Acer davidii 'George Forrest'
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii

 

Hedging

Taxus baccata
Buxus sempervirens

 

Topiary

Buxus sempervirens
Laurus nobilis
Ligustrum jonandrum

 

Shrubs

Convolvulus cneorum
Viburnum davidii
Elaeagnus x ebbingei 'Gilt Edge'
Sambucus racemosa 'Sutherland Gold'
Hydrangea arborescens 'Annabelle'
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum 'Mariesii'
Hydrangea quercifolia
Mahonia x media 'Charity'
Skimmia x confusa 'Kew Green'
Cornus kousa var. chinensis
Cotoneaster lacteus
Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla 'Black Lace'
Cornus alba 'Sibirica Variegata'
Rubus thibetanus
Hydrangea paniculata Vanille Fraise
Cotinus 'Dusky Maiden'
Potentilla fruticosa 'Vilmoriniana'
Rosa 'Hansa'

 

Climbers and Wall Shrubs

Wisteria sinensis
Parthenocissus henryana

 

Perennials

Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'
Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Ballota pseudodictamnus
Verbena bonariensis
Primula vulgaris
Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen'
Erigeron karvinskianus
Pulmonaria 'Sissinghurst White'
Bergenia cordifolia 'Rotblum'
Aster divaricatus
Viola cornuta Alba Group
Anemone x hybrida 'Konigin Charlotte'
Bergenia 'Bressingham White'
Persicaria affinis 'Donald Lowndes'
Phlomis russeliana
Euphorbia x martini
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Lamium maculatum 'White Nancy'
Alchemilla erythropoda
Helleborus argutifolius
Saxifraga umbrosa
Geranium 'Rozanne'
Dianthus carthusianorum
Astrantia 'Roma'
Knautia macedonica Melton pastels
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Geranium phaeum 'Lily Lovell'
Nepeta x faassenii 'Kit Cat'
Acanthus mollis Latifolius Group 'Rue Ledan'
Heuchera 'Obsidian'
Hylotelephium telephium (Atropurpureum Group) 'Xenox'
Brunnera macrophylla
Achillea 'Mondpagode'
Geranium macrorrhizum 'Bevan's Variety'
Verbena bonariensis 'Lollipop'
Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Taurus'
Geranium x oxonianum 'Katherine Adele'
Doellingeria umbellata
Origanum vulgare 'Thumble's Variety'
Artemisia 'Rosenschleier'
Centranthus lecoqii
Kalimeris incisa 'Blue Star'

 

Grasses

Stipa gigantea
Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Overdam'
Luzula sylvatica 'Marginata'
Luzula nivea
Miscanthus sinensis 'Yakushima Dwarf'
Sesleria caerulea
Stipa lessingiana

 

Ferns

Dryopteris filix-mas
Polystichum setiferum Acutilobum Group
Polystichum braunii

 

Bulbs

Galanthus nivalis
Anemone blanda
Cyclamen coum
Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation'
Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Narcissus 'Hawera'
Tulipa 'Queen of Night'
Tulipa 'Shirley'
Crocus tommasinianus
Narcissus 'Tete-a-Tete'
Allium nigrum
Anemone blanda 'White Splendour'
Tulipa 'Maytime'
Designed by Andrea Newill MSGD

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