Construction of this modern home required retaining walls to be added during development of the building. Garden beds incorporated into these concrete retainers created unique and challenging spaces for planting. Soft plantings were requested to help soften the concrete walls.
We used a mix of lightweight fibre clay planters and vertical mesh to maximise the wall space in the garden and create tiers. Foliage was preferred over flower so the focus was on diversity of leaf form. At ground level planting was kept to a minimum but features a beautiful established Cercis with plum coloured leaves contrasting with the concrete to great effect.
As this garden matures the concrete surrounds continue to soften and blend.
Design and installation: Fitzroy Nursery
Photography: Thomas Denning