With only a lacklustre lawn and two trees, this unusually large front garden in Ealing lacked interest. The client wanted a design that incorporated formality, repetition and a minimal colour palette. Rows of white and purple lacecap hydrangeas provide late summer repetition alongside a row of variegated lollipop holly trees. White, spring flowering, evergreen skimmias, interspersed with alliums, continue the minimal colour theme. Box balls add formality. Tree preservation orders meant the trees could not be removed so it was essential to bring them to life. We removed the lower branches of the spectacular fir tree and installed a wraparound circular tree seat. Compacted gravel and sandstone paving complete the overall look.