Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford

This large city house had been fully renovated leaving a denuded front garden which gave it a somewhat institutional look.  The substantial steps up to the front door and the tall facade were slightly overwhelming and needed anchoring and softening with generous planting.  Dale & Heybrook Garden Design carefully selected a pair of large magnolia trees (imported from the continent) to flank the steps and match the scale of the facade.  Other new, semi-mature trees, including multi-stemmed crab apples and evergreen holly, provide screening and leafiness.

The small areas of grass were a nuisance to mow and were replaced with exuberant planting for year-round interest which is appreciated throughout the seasons as the garden is constantly viewed and walked through.  The crab apples hold their decorative fruit well into January and then blossom a few months later. 

The south-facing beds are planted with easy, drought-tolerant plants including irises, lavender and santolina.  Fragrant pittosporum perfumes the air in summer.  For maximum seasonal interest, a succession of bulbs was woven through the mix, starting with special early snowdrops in the first days of the year.

Dale & Heybrook Garden Design also replaced the utilitarian driveway gravel and timber edging with better, smooth and warm-coloured gravel and our custom-made metal edging.  A fine old lantern and attractive door furniture were the finishing touches to create a welcoming approach to the family home.  The back garden is to follow…

Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford
Dale & Heybrook Garden Designers Oxford