One of the things I really like about this garden was the planting we put in. The foliage in the plant varieties was so bright and colourful, it was a pleasure to plant. Houttuynia ‘Chameleon’ was one of the plants we incorporated; with its beautifully shaped leaves and gorgeous splashings of green, gold and red tinges on the end, it looked marvellous. We set this off by planting up some Heucheras and, in particular, one of my favourites ‘Lime Marmalade’ which shows bright fresh colouration and really adds interest in the garden.
We also put some Astelias in and the one that caught my eye was variety ‘Westland’. It has a great spray of foliage with a delicate sheen to the leaf itself. This particular cultivar had a combination of greens and silvers as well as burgundy flushed foliage, which gave it a really lovely contrast when nestled amongst the other plants.
Another winning combination was the ever-versatile Hedera helix, also known as ivy. We used the variety ‘Glacier’ and I love this little plant. Its small leaves have an almost marbled effect, with lime green and refreshing white to really make it stand out. Another favourite of mine was Coprosma ‘Festival’ which has very bright foliage and is slightly glossy in its colouration, with a mixture of greens and golds. It’s a slightly taller shrub that adds to the palette of the planting. Something considerably taller, of course, is the Japanese maple. It adds a little bit of height in the garden without spreading up too much but also gives lovely purple colour throughout the spring and summer, transitioning in autumn colour in around about November.