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The Spiral Garden

By Carol Smith. This garden takes its inspiration from the spiral shape, and ancient symbol of energy and time.

The spiral garden

One of nature's most distinct spiral shapes it is the unfurling fern frond, which is represented by the hard landscaping. The sprial gardenA wooden and metallic gazebo offers shade (right). The planting scheme uses striking contrasts of foliage shape and colour. Trees: Betula 'Jacquemontii' and Acer palmatum 'Sumi - Nagashi'

Shrubs: Berberis 'Rose Glow', Corylus maxima 'Purpurea', Choysia ternata 'Sundance', Sambucus 'Sutherlands Gold', Sambucus niger 'Black Lace', Rosmarinus officinalis prostrate, Phormium 'Pink Stripe', Phormium 'Platts Black' and Photinia 'Red Robin'

Herbaceous Perennials: Brunnera 'Jack Frost', Heuchera 'Palace Purple & 'Pewter Moon', Euphorbia 'purpurea', Geranium 'Johnsons Blue' and Geranium 'Candy Pink'

Grasses:Carex testacea, Festuca 'Golden Toupee', Ophiopogon planiscarpus 'Nigrescens' and Stipa tenuissima

Climbers: Wisteria and Trachelospermum jasminoides

Bulbs: Allium cristophii, Allium 'Schubertii' and Allium hollandicum 'Purple Sensation'

Designed by Carol Smith