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a compact north facing garden

Sketch planting design | Ben Rhydding, Ilkley

The Brief

Our clients contacted us with the following request! “We’d like you to help us with a planting design for our back garden. We have a small, north facing back garden.  We had the garden built a few years ago and have had a go at planting ourselves independently, to varying degrees of success. All beds have plants in – some are okay. We enjoy gardening and the challenge. We really would appreciate the benefit of your experience and expertise to help us to get it just right.” Melissa Morton Garden Design returns periodically to coach the clients on aftercare in the first year.  This ensures the design integrity during plant establishment starts off the best way. The final photos were taken 6 months after planting. 
The Finished Planting

Words from the client...

“We had taken the usual scattergun approach to planting which provided only limited impact. 

The garden is now much more structured, interesting and easier to maintain. We can already see the benefit of planting in drifts with a theme, rather than individual plants.

Melissa listened to what we wanted to achieve from the garden and delivered on the brief.”

M & A H

Ilkley, West Yorkshire

key features

Year round structure with bold forms of yew topiary contrast with the natural landscape beyond.

Tall espalier crab apple pleach trees for structure, year round interest and attract wildlife, viewed from kitchen window. 

Catalpa bignonioides ‘Nana’ selected as a feature specimen tree.  Clients love the its exotic look.

Existing fruit bushes were moved to raised beds underplanted with strawberries.

The sketch design

  • Pleached trees are great for small gardens adding vertical height without taking up too much space.
  • Pyramid yews of varying sizes add a visual dynamic across a small space
  •  Selected existing plants are incorporated, and added to, for impact.
  • Carefully selected minimal palette of plants for greater impact.
  • Plants chosen to blend with the context of the garden.
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