The colours in the peeled trunk of the Trachycarpus – deep maroon, burnt orange and vibrant yellow – became the colour palette for the perennial planting. Iris germanica ‘Dutch Chocolate’, ‘Carnival Time’ and ‘Quechee’ complemented the colours of the tree.
Decorative heads of Euphorbia ‘Black Pearl’ nodded beneath strong spires of Echium ‘Purple Fountain’, texture appearing in the form of Festuca ‘Elijah Blue’ and Stipa tenuissima.
For a small garden space evergreen structure is fundamental. A year-round framework was created with specimens from Architectural Plants, which was softened by pops of seasonal colour and ornamental grasses.