Conifers and other varieties of evergreen are used as a backdrop for other plants, including a riot of flowers from February to November.
Plants have to earn their keep and be interesting for several weeks: deciduous azaleas are stunning in the spring and also provide some of the most vivid leaf colour in the autumn. We decided to that most of the plants that we chose should look stunning, or at worst tidy, in May and preferably should also look good in the autumn.
By timely and meticulous pruning of all plants we can orchestrate the whole garden to appear at its best at different times of the year. However, with all pruning we try to make to make it look as though it hasn’t been done!
Plants also have to be able to be kept to size without looking ugly. We have made mistakes: Acer platanoides “Crimson King” and Robina pseudoacacia Frisia failed the test and were replaced.