Given the minimalist architecture – as well as our client’s wishes – we suggested enclosing all the plantings in rectangular frames. Some require regular trimming, while others should be allowed to grow freely. The block compositions are formalistic, considering only the colour and texture of the foliage and the plants’ heights and flowering seasons. The trimmed blocks of shrubs contain Vanhoutte spirea, guelder rose, hawthorn, cotoneaster and white Japanese spirea. In one such block, next to the terrace, we planted the centrepiece of the entire property – a magnificent broad plumleaf hawthorn bonsai. The freely growing groups of plants include ‘Grefsheim’ spirea, red-twig dogwood ‘Elegantissima’ and hydrangea ‘Annabelle’.
A solitary red oak was planted next to the central lawn.