Monkstown garden

This garden surrounds a lovely house overlooking the sea in Monkstown. Altough well cared for, there was hardly any colour: just lawns, some box hedging and near-empty beds. Furthermore, the new owners had renovated the main part of the house and added a modern extension, leaving some major level changes and planting to be addresses. Our work was three-fold: to fill in the empty beds with hardy, colourful, seaside-tolerant plants; to reconfigure the front area, which had previously been dominated by parking; and to make a whole new garden area around the modern extension.

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New steps link the lower level around the modern extension to the original gaden level. Granite walls and granite steps are softened by informal planting.

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Seaside tolerant planting include perennial such as Salvia, Nepeta, Geranium, Eryngium, Agapanthus, Erigeron, Campanula; grasses such as Stipa, Helictotrichon, Miscanthus, Chionochloa, Libertia; shrubs such as Lavender, Convolvulus, Cistus, Carpenteria, Grevillea, Euphorbia.

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Before and during photos show the scope of the job.

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