Many many hours of planning, and pages of planting plans and plant lists were compiled before any planting could take place. We began planting during final stages of construction, which was interesting, but meant that many of the gardens had settled in for several months before the residents moved in, and there was no last minute rush for us to finish.
During design, it was always in my mind that for many of the residents, this would be their last home, and for many, their last chance to feel the grass, and smell the flowers. Actually that sums up why I felt such a responsibility to make the gardens as beautiful as they could be.
1. Seasonal variation
By emphasising the seasonal changes with many deciduous trees and shrubs, bulbs and perennials flowers, residents have something new to see every week, much as they would if they were at home.
|3 Magnolia 'Cleopatra' outside the entry corridor - Sept '10|
|Hellebores - Winter Roses|
|Callicarpa americana winter berries|
Tactile and fragrant plants were a priority, particularly in the large planter boxes outside each living room. I used Lamb's ears, thyme, lavender, Marlborough rock daisy, scleranthus (moss-like), parsley, hyacinths, Chilean guava bushes, citrus, standard bay trees, strawberries etc, with some flowering annuals for additional colour. These are at a height to be touched and picked from a wheelchair.
|Lamb's Ears - soft and fluffy|
|The colour-filled pot in C2|
|Viburnum burkwoodii - winter fragrance|
|Michelia trained as standards|
|Daphne - nothing beats this winter fragrance|
3. Attracting wildlife into the gardens
Specifically attracting birds and butterflies into the garden with plant species such as lavender, flax, kowhai, camellia, and swan plants etc. I also commissioned tall iron poles from Peter Milne (Iron Art) to hang bird feeders off for each courtyard. These can be replenished by the residents to with wild bird seed, as needed.
|The iron poles and hanging bird feeder|
|Sophora Dragons Gold attracts waxeyes|
|Tui drawn to the nectar -rich flax flowers|
4. Themes for each Courtyard
We decided early on that each courtyard should be different from each other, so that residents could experience a new courtyard every day if they wanted. Much like going on holiday!
COURTYARD ONE features predominantly lime green or dark foliage (eg flaxes, heuchera, maples, ladies mantle etc) with dark red and scarlet flowers (geum, euphorbia, camellias, tulips, chrysanthemum).
|The dark red Acer 'Bloodgood' features in C1.|
|Clematis paniculata climbing the pergola in C1|
|Chrysanthemum in C1|
|Foliage contrasts with Yellow Daylily C2|
|Cistus 'Bennett's White'|
|Penstemon 'Purple Passion' C2|
|Lavenders add fragrance and colour in C3|
|I love this colour. Tulip in C3.|
|The main shrub in C3 - Loropetalum China Pink|
|Ligularia renformis in the foreground - new - 2010|
|Same garden, 2 years later - November 2012|
|Ligularia renformis - love this evergreen foliage plant|
|Paeonies and Iceberg Roses at the entry to Courtyard 3. |
Some of these plants were brought from the old Glenwood site.
|Iris Siberica - Tomandra Red|
|Paeonies brought from the old Glenwood site|
|Echinacea add summer zing|
|Chilean guava - Mytus ugni -|
Fantastic fragrance and edible berries.
|Acer colours are fantastic throughout the year - Jan11|
|Courtyard Four (C4) The Native Plant Courtyard|
Freshly planted - 2010
|Kaka Beak - Clianthus C4|
|Sophora tetraptera - Kowhai - Oct'10 C4|
|Rengarenga flowers throughout November. C4|
|The flaxes and trees have grown so that the courtyard now |
has a backdrop of foliage rather than surrounding buildings -
|The path leading into the courtyard from the seating arbor|
|Manuka - Leptospermum scoparium hybrid|
|Hebe 'Wiri Mist'|
|Mission accomplished!! Tui in Courtyard 4.|
|Lancewoods and mini toitoi foliage contrasts|
The planting on the outside, or 'public' face of the building has been designed to complement and soften the strong modern architecture, as opposed to the 'prettiness' of the internal courtyards.
|Viburnum hedge outside suites|
|Palliative Care garden|
|Pot plants at the main entrance|
|One seating area alongside the street|
|The Hornbeam hedge is bulking up at 2 years old|
|Same seating area alongside the street.|
|Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'|
|Flax at the front door into the hospital|
|Marlborough Rock Daisy and Corokia|
|The Viburnum hedge is maturing nicely, helping |
soften the expanse of concrete
|Griselinea 'Broadway Mint' softening the view |
of the staff car park from existing residential units
|This car park garden has filled up nicely. The Magnolia |
'Cleopatra' trees put on a great show each spring.
|The front entry in to the building - lots of hard surfaces to soften! 2010|