The style of building with its combination of brick and blackened weatherboard reminded us strongly of Le Jardin Plume in Normandy, itself crafted on the site of an old orchard and featuring a barn built from brick, oak and weatherboard and surrounded by a prairie-style blend of herbaceous perennials and ornamental grasses.
Our solution was to cast a seemingly spontaneous placement of the ornamental apple, malus evereste over the entire site. Rear gardens feature the subtle combination of turf and wild flower meadow which bleeds out to the landscape beyond and creates a single sinuous line across the back of the entire site broken only by cleft post and rail fencing between each property . Circular beds of prairie style planting partially surround brick patios offering a more formal planting close to each house that contrasts to the lightness of the meadow planting.
Planting to the front of the houses is simple, featuring hydrangea paniculata ‘limelight’ underplanted with hakonechloa macra and geranium ‘Rozanne’.