The brief I was given by Barnes was to simplify the courtyard space. We provided an informal but never the less elegant setting for the showrooms and the design studio. We created seasonal interest with spring flowering bulbs, virginia creeper for its autumn colour and box balls that lend structure all year. The topiary in simple white painted terracotta planters also provide a solution in preventing short cuts across the lawn. This was important to the client.
We decided to remove some planters and beds that had divided the space unsympathetically. This reinstated the lawn, and made a raised bed from some stone already on the site. Darren James of Ashleigh Landscaping built the retaining wall. We were lucky enough to have a beautiful Japanese maple overhanging the raised bed. It drops its leaves onto the fabulous foliage plant Heuchera ‘Green Spice’. Texture was added to the design with a few grasses and some loose cobbles positioned along the length of the york stone entrance to the show rooms.
Pots with annuals add colour through the seasons, diascias and bacopa tolerate the semi-shade under the maple, and have an extremely long flowering season. This works well with the heucheras behind.
"We wanted to create a courtyard garden to compliment our show room which houses a collection of quality kitchen furniture and materials. We chose Francoise to help us with the process because of her keen eye for detail and plant knowledge. We have not been disappointed with what she has produced for us. a chic, yet under-stated garden that fits in with the vernacular style of the buildings, and changes with the seasons…
She is always on hand to suggest improvements and comes up with new ideas for ringing the changes when needed. We feel certain that her input has enhanced the visual appeal of our business for visiting customers. We would highly recommend Francoise to anyone. Perfect for an enterprise wanting to raise their profile by creating an attractive and functional outdoor space…"
Kim Whinnett – Managing Director, Barnes of Ashburton