A copse of Silver Birch create a theatrical entrance to this modern landscaping project in Brighton. Cooling in summer, vibrant in Autumn and stark in Winter, this planting decision creates changes in mood through the seasons. Silver Birches are a good, sensible choice for small garden areas. Tolerating a wide range of conditions, Silver Birches can often be around 2m tall when planted, and they quickly achieve a 4m height.
This garden entry also displays an example of an informal, greened-up garden pathway entry. Not all pathways need to be concrete, or fully paved. With other house entries for the residents’ daily use, the decision to use a different, interesting material for the main entry (guest entry) was based around visual impact. This pathway is constructed of natural mud rock, hand selected for their flattened step shapes. These large steppers have been laid in earth, and filled in with one of our favourite small groundcovers – Dichondra repens (an Australian native, also called Kidney Weed).
Low, native plantings that tolerate the shade of the Silver Birch, add to the lush feel of this north facing garden entry.