I've had a busy period of planting recently which coincided with some very nice weather. Planting is the best bit for me - it's a joy to spend the day outside doing it and you finally get to see your design brought to life and framed by lush greenery.
In this client's garden I suggested putting in two larger beds off the terrace and made them quite deep to create more of a sense of drama and to reflect the shape of the house. In terms of planting I took my client along to Architectural Plants to get a feel for what she wanted and together we chose a palette of evergreen shrubs and grasses. I also suggested clearing all the undergrowth under the Magnolia tree to show off its stunning multi-stem shape to full effect. Below are a mixture of sketches, the final planting plan and some before and after shots.