Creating a ‘Naked Garden’ that is surrounded by transparent buildings, furniture and pots has many challenges. Specifically, how do we maintain the views and appearance of the garden when it’s surrounded by other gardens’ storage areas, tangling hose pipes and other associated paraphernalia? Even staff sitting down munching their lunch have been seen before, tucked behind stands. Unfortunately, when you design a transparent garden of this level, these are some of the factors that we need to take into consideration when planning such an undertaking.
To help hide our colleagues’ “distractions”, we need a good border to our garden; something that is both beautiful and a functional screen. For the very best available, we travelled to one of the biggest growers in Italy, the Vannicci Piante, that specialise in mature plants. With their 70 years’ experience we can guarantee that they can create an almost instant effect.
During our Italian excursion, we found some truly spectacular specimens of Hornbeams (Carpinus) grown as espaliers (trained in a giant upright rectangle and grown on a frame). We selected 12. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to complete the border for the garden so we resumed our search in the UK for the exact same size and specification of plants. Finally we found the additional plants in Hatfield. The location is a little less glamorous but perfect for our needs. They had 5-6 specimens that would fit our requirements and we now have just enough to complete the framework around the outside of the garden.
The soft, lush, green foliage of the Hornbeams will be used as an integral part of the garden, encompassing the whole design.
With this seemingly minor addition to the design we’ll be able to isolate the garden in a truly spectacular border, and avoid the distractions of our colleagues’ behinds!
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