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Textural shade planting in a garden in Sweden


Location: Öland, an island in the Baltic Sea

Plot size: 1500 m2

Landscape: Rural in a nature reserve




A design for a family garden of 1500 m2 in the Swedish countryside. This was a holiday house which was mainly used in the summer months. A large terrace with a swimming pool dominated the back of the garden and there was no boundary to the neighbour or the countryside road. The family asked for a beautiful garden which would be fairly easy to maintain. It was important for them to keep the old fruit trees and to add raspberry and other berries for the children. 

Designers talk about 'genius loci' which refers to a location's distinctive atmosphere or a spirit of place. That is important in landscaping.
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We used organic dynamic shapes for the design. Rough grass with mown grass paths and perennial borders surrounded the house. We created ’garden rooms’ with ample of different seating areas. The garden was built in sections and included a woodland border, a children’s play area, a dry-stone wall framing the garden, a pergola, a new front entrance with perennial borders and a wildflower meadow.


The beautiful mature trees remained and gave a lot of character and charm to the garden. We choose a soft color scheme with perennials that were in bloom in July and August when the family spend time at their holiday home.

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