I started setting-out the plants stock yesterday, which is a delight in itself, because I still have an innate thrill to see the plants arrive in the lorry and to finally get my hands on them.. this front garden has been long in the making. Entirely due to the impact of Corona virus lockdown affecting how suppliers function and of course, what they can actually supply.

I designed this front garden back in November 2019 and the hard landscaping happened soon after, followed by the planting of a gorgeous Yew hedge and american style picket fence, but larger than its diminutive chocolate-box cousin. Its chunkier dimensions work really well with the Gorgian-esque proportions of my clients’s house in Hitchin.

The layout of the front garden has a semi-formal feel and the materials are a gentle nod towards grandeur but with an under-stated feel. The beautiful Baksteen clay bricks in ‘Dove grey’ work so well in refining and framing the loose Caledonian pebbles.

I have kept the planting scheme simple and elegant with some floral and leaf interest happening in spring, summer and autumn. The sentry Yew hedge is evergreen and produces beautiful red berries in late winter, early spring, providing great habitat for pollinating insects and birds.

I love this planting scheme, it is simple, but in its simplicity is the beautiful Hydrangea arborascens ‘Annabelle’ with Hebe rakaiensis, Digialis purpurea ‘Alba’ and Epimedium x youngianum ‘Niveum’.. who says that having a north-facing garden is a challenge.. to me a north-facing garden is like any other garden; to be considered and planned..