Country garden - Waterloo

In this tranquil country garden, the landscape architect and garden entrepreneur succeeded in creating structure, colour and lots of green.

The two rows of multi-stemmed Platanus hispanica (London plane) in roof form will form a covered path from the house to the swimming pool in the garden. They give the garden a distinct structure. An Acer palmatum (Japanese maple) brings colour to the garden. The fresh green leaves contrast beautifully with the darker hedge of Cupressocyparis leylandii and transform to a stunning crimson in the autumn. Amelanchier lamarckii (service berry) was also planted for its colour. This tree produces an abundant blossom of white, star-shaped flowers in early spring when the new, bronze coloured leaves unfold. In the autumn it shows off its exquisite yellow-orange-red autumn colours. Acer campestre 'Elsrijk' was selected for its formal shape and yellow autumn colour.

Platanus hispanica (London plane)

The London plane is a fast-growing tree which can reach 20 to 30 m in height. The natural peeling of the bark creates a wonderful effect, in different tones of green to grey-green. The leaves are large and palmate, and the fruits are pendulous, spherical heads. It has a long lifespan and can grow into a striking, characterful tree. For small gardens, Platanus orientalis 'Minaret' is a nice alternative.