I removed a large leylandii hedge here, redesigning the area and enclosing with a much more suitable hornbeam hedge. Crab apples were chosen for their multiple seasons of interest and their overall toughness and suitability to the conditions. We decided to allow the grass to grow long during the summer and just mow a path through it.
The trees were planted on the site the house builders work area and an old barn. The ground was very compacted and full of rubble. We installed a series of buried drainage channels to take the winter surface water away and great care was taken when planting to dig large holes, import better soil and remove the rubble. it was hard planting!
This is only the first year and this autumn we will be planting more bulbs and wildflower plugs. Already this area attracts butterflies and bees as well as other insects. IN the forground we are growing a couple of espalliered apple trees along the metal fencing either side of the gate.
The yew balls give a bit of structure to the area. I think structure like this makes the pretty stuff look prettier and looks good year round. The balls will be kept bigger than this with the possible inclusion of low hedges edging the cross shaped paths. The trees will also be shaped over time to control the height. There are wonderful views over them from the house (left of pictures) to the countryside (right of picture)