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Plants with presence

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Composing garden spaces often requires the introduction of new structure. This can be provided by hardscaping such as walls, pergolas, paths and terraces but the proportion of planting, the softscaping, really should be greater than that of hardscaping. 

Here a dozen huge holm oak columns rise either side of a simple brick path providing an imposing dominant presence. Their volume and solidity cannot be questioned, and yet this strength is only being regained as they receive their annual Autumnal clipping. 

The more mass and structure is introduced to a garden the greater the scope for looser and wilder planting within its confines. Here lavender, veronicastrum and roses ramble around the bases of the columns adding lighter shades to an otherwise dark and somber backdrop.