The Parkland Garden
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE
This garden could be anyone’s front or back yard. The bay hedge will help to hide the fences and provide privacy from the neighbours; the curvilinear lawn area gives a relaxed, informal character, helping to make the area feel larger and also gives the children a place to play.
Regardless of water usage and maintenance, many people want to have a green lawn as part of their garden. Here we have used Lilydale Instant Lawns ‘Sir Walter DNA’, a very drought hardy lawn that maintains good winter colour.
The white Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica ‘Natchez’) is a wonderful small tree for almost any garden. In the summer months it provides dappled shade with masses of white flowers; in the autumn months the leaves turn to spectacular red and orange tones and then in winter the bare branches add an elegant, almost sculptural quality to the garden.
Rather than an individual specimen tree, I love to plant Crepe Myrtles in random copses and allow them to grow as they do naturally, with a multitude of misshapen trunks & branches.
This style of garden makes it possible to use all manner of species to create the pictures and to include the plants we love. A few of the plants we have used include: Korean Box, Loropetalum, Nandina, Cotinus, Raphiolepis, Juniperus & Lomandra.