Posted: 20/09/2016 at 09:03
just an idea about painting the path but not really what I would do. Some good planting there will focus away from the path. Planting in, say, 2 semi circles there would soften the straight line of the path.
i wouldnt over think your design and put too many features in......a single archway would be good.
A planting of something fragrant by the path too in a semi circle.....how about a choisya like White Dazzler? More compact variety, free flowering and aromatic evergreen foliage. Further down, in another semi circle a paniculata hydrangea? flowers all summer. Or a phormium there? One like Sundowner which is red or the popular Cream Delight? Or a grass like calamagrostis for movement and height? Or a cotinus......it will provide the most beautiful purple foliage (Royal Purple) all summer long. Some white regal lillies with it.....scented too...would be stunning. A perennial like persicaria Orangefield will flower for months with no maintenance required. Put a blue geranium like Rozanne with it and a veronicastrum for height, sculpted foliage and beautiful flowers in pink, blue or white. An helenium too for a splash of colour and height could occupy another spot in the sun
on the shady side another hydrangea ...a white mophead perhaps. Put actea James Compton with it.....superb bronzey purple brown foliage all summer with white scented flowers st this time of yewr, White foxgloves too there. A grass like hackonechloa. A japanese painted fern with it perhaps.
i would go for quality making every area, every plant special. Simple and elegant rather than over planting with lots of mixed colours.
Sketch a few times, look up the possible plants and how they grow. Take your time to get it right