College CrescentAsian Garden, London

Inspiration for a small asian garden in London. —  Houzz
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lotty144lotty144 wrote:1September,2016
  • angelah169
    5 years ago

    Hmm, we have had trouble with neighbours when a few prunings fell onto their garden. And when space is limited, it gets tricky. Such beautiful trees, all of them.

  • Worst Case Ontario
    4 years ago

    what width would be required for the hedge top? do they tolerate shade?


darnsyAdana Kinsella wrote:21November,2016
  • Karina Kiss
    4 years ago
    I live in Brisbane and would like to have the same . Any help with what tree should we consider ? Thanks
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    John Davies Landscape
    4 years ago

    Hi Karina, I was just out in LA and visited the Getty Centre. Its the first time I've seen it but they have pruned crepe myrtle (lagerstroemia indica) into pleached form

    What do you think?

rtownsrtowns wrote:7April,2019
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    John Davies Landscape
    3 years ago

    The strappy plant is hakonechloa macra, common name Japanese forest grass. The textural contrast to the solidity of the buxus domes is great!

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Vanessa Walker added this to 28 Examples of the Beauty of Dark Walls20 May 2021

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Carol Bucknell Garden Design added this to The 7 Fundamentals of Choosing Plants for Skinny Side Gardens7 January 2019

2. Pleach trees for privacyIf you have a formal garden, plant trees that can be pleached in the side areas. Pleaching, sometimes known as hedging on stilts, involves trimming the foliage into a rectangular shape and leaving trunks bare, as shown here. This keeps trees to the height you desire for privacy without blocking out sunlight. It also allows space below for more plants. Most small-leaved trees can be pleached and popular evergreen favourites in Australasia are Ficus species, Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’, Pittosporum and Olearia species, Portuguese laurel (Prunus lusitanica) and olives.

Cheryl Freedman added this to 12 Ideas for a Beautifully Bordered Garden19 November 2017

8. Paint it black…Walls or fences in gardens tend to be white, grey, terracotta or brown. However, the trend for darker paints in interiors is breaking out in gardens too. Here, a wall painted in a dark London Clay from Farrow & Ball provides a dramatic backdrop to the greenery, and creates a feeling of space by drawing the eye beyond the garden. Teamed with topiary, it adds a formal, boutique touch.Updating a Tired Old Fence

Georgia Madden added this to How Do I... Hide an Ugly Garden Fence?8 November 2017

Paint over itOne of the easiest ways to transform a less-than-perfect fence or wall is with paint. It will give you a sophisticated and timeless look, and will ensure that the planting, rather than the wall, is the standout feature. To achieve a quality finish, ensure you buy the correct paint, rollers and brushes for the job. A masonry wall, for example, will require special external masonry paint, and if the wall is on the large side it may be quicker and easier to apply paint with a spray gun rather than a brush or roller. It’s worth buying the best paint and materials you can afford. We find that good-quality paint is easier to apply and gives a far better finish. Porter’s Paints’ Putty (a muddy caramel) and Dulux’s Luck (a deep charcoal) are two of our current favourites – they complement timber well and look stunning against greenery.For something a little bit different, consider applying a specialist paint finish, such as a rust or copper effect, to an unsightly fence or wall. It will give the area the appearance of naturally aged metal. Porter’s Paints does a great range that’s suitable for outdoor use.

Jo Simmons added this to 10 Great Effects of Using Black Outdoors28 June 2017

1. It creates a dramatic backdrop to greenJust as hanging an artwork against a darkly painted wall helps it shine out, so a black backdrop is the perfect dramatic contrast to foliage. Try painting fencing or a wall black and enjoy how the planting in front is beautifully highlighted.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Alma added this to Japanese inspired!19 May 2022

Mix of trees, shaped shrubs and freestyle plants.

HU-512962255 added this to Eastern Garden25 April 2022

For transition points, plus next to accent trees. Eg cypress

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