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Side Gardens


Lattice trellis with rose obelisks and underplanting

Lattice trellis with rose obelisks and underplanting

A corner plot provides a great opportunity to develop a side access into a useful and attractive side garden which links the front and back gardens.  We included a new screened boundary in our design for this side garden in Mill Hill and light paving to give a bright aspect for sitting out.



Mill Hill Garden

Boundary Hedging and Fences

The side garden is next to a residential road and has a protected hawthorn hedge inside mesh fencing along its boundary. The hedge has been pruned and supplemented with new hawthorns for greater density.  It is on a raised bank with retaining sleepers and a new lattice trellis fence on the inside provides extra privacy.

Planting Design for Screening and Interest 

Obelisk with Rosa 'Golden Showers'

Obelisk with Rosa ‘Golden Showers’

Variegated Euonymus ‘Silver Queen’ , cone shaped Box plants and rose obelisks planted with Rosa ‘Golden Showers’ will grow to provide good coverage against the lattice screen.





Heucheras, geraniums and Stipa

Lively plant combination of heucheras and geraniums

These shrubs are interplanted with Heuchera ‘Lime Marmalade’, Geranium ‘Max Frei’, Stipa tenuissima and thymes. The scheme is cheerful and provides a long period of interest.





Patio and Pathway

Pathway to shed, gaTe and veg area

Limestone paving to shed, veg area and gate

We chose Vintage Limestone as a robust and light paving. The side garden is wide enough to have a patio area on to the lawn at the rear of the property.   The sunny end even has space to grow some vegetables and herbs. Beside the vegetable area is a useful shed and attractive gate and railings which match the front of the property.


Plant Selections for Autumn Colour

Autumn is a magical season and now in early November there are many plants with leaves, berries, and flowers that display autumn colour at its best.  The autumn light especially illuminates leaves as they turn colour so almost every hour of the day, the plants look different.  Look out now for those that delight you and plant them for next year.

Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’

Autumn colour of Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

Fabulous leaves of Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ in rainbow colours.

Acers of course have wonderful autumn colour. For smaller gardens, Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ is a fascinating tree.  Its leaves are palmate or hand-shaped with deeply lobed and attractively cut leaves as you can see in the picture here.  The leaves change colour from green with purple-tips through soft purple with flashes of yellow to deepest orange and red.  It has the open fan-shape which is typical of many acers, and enjoys some shade, and neutral to slightly acid, moist but well drained soil. It associates well with azaleas, rhododendron, cornus and camellia. It can also be planted as a specimen tree, and under-planted with bulbs and perennials.

Sorbus hupehensis

Delightful clusters of white berries on Sorbus hupehensis

Clusters of white berries on this Sorbus hupehensis, last well into winter.

The sorbus or rowan family provide great autumn and winter interest with clusters of berries of varying colours. The leaves are pinnate or feather-like with several leaflets that also provide lovely autumn colour.  Birds like red berries the best and leave the white ones to last so choose a species like Sorbus hupehensis, shown left, or Sorbus cashmiriana to keep the berries well into winter.



Kniphofia rooperi

Kniphofia rooperi looks magical in autumn with its striking orange, red and yellow colours.

Kniphofia rooperi looks magical in autumn with its striking shape in orange, red and yellow colours.

Gorgeous candles of orange red flowers appear on Kniphofia rooperi from early to late autumn, providing extra interest in the border very late in the season. The plant is evergreen so its strappy leaves are there throughout and it is a robust and hardy plant. It grows well in moist, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.




Berberis chinensis

Red fruit clusters in early November cover Berberis chinensis

Striking clusters of pinkish-red fruit cover this Berberis chinensis in autumn.

Seen less often than some of the better known berberis or barberries, Berberis chinensis has rather special clusters of reddish-orange fruits in autumn which follow on from yellow flowers in spring. It is hardy, thorny and grows well on a range of soils including heavy clay. Several berberis have good autumn colour and lovely spring flowers and foliage.



Miscanthus sinensis ‘Emmanuel Lepage’

Beautiful red flower  panicles which fade to a straw colour cover this Miscanthus  from early summer to late autumn

Beautiful red flower panicles which fade to a straw colour cover this Miscanthus from early summer to late autumn.

Many grasses have fantastic florets and seed heads which provide excellent autumn colour.   Miscanthus varieties often produce red panicles when in full sun and ‘Emmanuel Lepage’ produces these in abundance from early summer to late autumn.  It makes an elegant fountain of green grass and each blade has a narrow white stripe. It grows to about 1.2 m and associates well with other grasses and long flowering perennials such as Echinacea and Verbena. In early spring cut it right back before the new seasons growth.



Other Plants for Autumn Colour

Many roses produce flowers well into November and add delicate flower colour in autumn.   Rosa ‘Ballerina’ is a pretty pink example of a long flowering cultivar which looks great as a bush or a standard. The spindle trees Euonymus alatus and Euonymus europaeus have lovely autumn colour and unusual red fruits.  Amelanchier and Cherry trees have some of the best colour and many trees that are beautiful in autumn are equally spectacular in Spring.