This project started with the frustration of a large liquid amber tree growing in the centre of a turf area, overshadowing the entire garden. Due to the tree’s size, the idea of synthetic turf was suggested as it is: low maintenance, evergreen, no mowing or watering and remains green all year round.

To add to the front garden we increased the garden bed width to accommodate three layers of evergreen planting. To create variety and interest, Michelia ‘Fairy queen’, a dense small tree with scented white flowers was planted with, Ligularia reniformis in front, for a bold architectural statement, then tufts of Liriope royal purple were the perfect accompaniment to offer leaf and textural contrast.

Hydrangea quercifolia, Hebe emerald, Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’ Gardenia florida and a row of Buxus semperviren created the minimalist look the client desired.