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A modern, rural garden

Complete Planting Design | Menston, West Yorkshire

The Brief

The brief was for a contemporary, clean, stylish look to reflect the modern style of the newly built home. The clients were keen to avoid obscuring the views of the moor, so the planting needed to be largely low growing and be able to withstand the exposed weather conditions in Yorkshire.

The Finished Planting

Words from the client...

“We’ve had a lovely day pottering in the garden …. The project has had it’s highs and lows but as we were enjoying a glass of wine on the terrace this evening we felt that the your garden design perfectly fitted with the house and the landscape beyond. Thank you!”


Plants change colour with the natural dynamic of the landscape.

Plants which cope in exposed site – Calamgrostis and Verbena with hornbeam topiary.

Specimen Crataegus prunifolia

Modern style with minimal planting and ‘rill’ planting.

The Design

The design challenge was to realise a planting scheme which suited the client’s brief whilst working harmoniously with the landscape beyond. Around the patio area, planting consists of clipped hornbeam balls and domes with yew for contrast, interspersed with grasses.

Planted rills of contrasting grasses (green and black) link with the lines of the landscape behind. (The Ophiopogon will take a couple of years to fill out their space). The garden had been landscaped by the builders. The commission was initiated after the garden had already been built.

The Planting

Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’, Verbena bonariensis for summer interest to complement the hornbeam and yew topiary forms.

Crataegus (hawthorn) hedging used to break up long borders.  Specimen Crataegus prunifolia for seasonal interest.

Pennisetum and Ophipogon rills for a modern layout style.

Sustainable Choices

Repurpose existing slate mulch.  Plants chosen to cope with existing soil without much improvement.

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