Church Barn – Planting
In order to increase biodiversity, the lawn was replaced with a substantial area of perennial planting. It now attracts many species of birds, butterflies and beneficial insects.
Two grasses – Sesleria autumnalis and Sporobolus heterolepis – form the matrix which underlies the entire planting, unifying the design. We then blended in layers of bulbs and over a thousand perennials, to ensure interest throughout the year.
Added to this mix are ten new multi-stem trees. Among them are our trademark Amelanchiers, as well as those other spring flowerers and autumn entertainers – Cercis siliquastrum, Koelreuteria paniculata and Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’.
Finally, we clad the barn and the brick wall with climbing roses such as Rosa ‘Claire Austin’, ‘Mortimer Sackler’ and ‘The Generous Gardener’.