Planting softening architecture


Buildings often settle better into their surroundings when accompanied by suitable companion planting. Much as planted borders can sit better within a garden framework with a skirting of planting, catmint, box or rosemary being favourites, architecture itself can be better read when domesticized with planting. 

Here we see the service wing of Lutyen's additions at Great Dixter in Sussex where Cotoneaster horizontalis and large ferns have been planted right against the north facing walls of the house. This planting serves to exaggerate the steep roof slope extending its range down to the Yorkstone footpath passing by whilst bringing softness and texture to the otherwise solid scene.