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LARGE SCALE, REPEATING PATTERN HORTICULTURAL PLANTING

Some large slopes in the North Park were designed as major horticultural events using 6-9 key species planted at random at pre-determined spacings and ratios to create a robust mainly summer and autumn flowering community.  These approaches developed collaboratively by Dunnett, Hitchmough, LDA and Hargreaves, are extremely novel and could be extended to many other public spaces.


The random patterns of the different species are strongly evident in spring.



By August the simple random, repeating patterns have created something extraordinary, Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii, Aster ‘Little Carlow’ and a haze of Miscanthus.


North Park Lens planting November 2013
The same planting in late October 2013, showing how the vegetation is still highly attractive, late in the year.


Other slopes have different mixes, here in mid summer, the Rudbeckia maxima and Aster are supplemented with Echinacea purpurea.


By October colour is provided by Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ rather than yellow rudbeckia.



In April the same planting is dominated by Tulipa praestans ‘Fusilier’ a truly extraordinary sight.  Some other plantings of this type in the park are underplanted with Primula vulgaris and daffodils for contrasting drama.


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