During the first phase, our mission was to create a pleasure garden surrounding an existing rectangular vegetable garden.

Our solution was to create four flower walks around the garden.

One of the walks involves the planting of roses, principally using repeat-flowering hybrids and musk roses, English roses and old roses, combined following a very precise rhythm.

This allows for the roses to bloom throughout the whole summer.

An existing metal pergola was replaced by a new wooden construction.

The new wooden pergola was placed inside the park area and joined by ginkgo palisades, whose branches and leaves interact with the new pergola by providing certain sight lines.

Tall yews, clipped in a fantastic fashion, create rhythms and volumes like gigantic ice cubes. A wall of irregularly clipped yews also separates the rose planting from the vegetable garden.

Another side of the vegetable garden is planted as a lilac walk. In the vegetable garden itself, we introduced vegetable beds on a smaller scale, growing annual vegetables and soft fruits.

Finally, a ‘topiary walk’ has been created with osmanthus, box, hornbeam and beech clipped to shape, in combination with flowering trees that are allowed to grow freely such as hamamellis and Japanese cherries.

Ohain, Belgium
3.1 ha
In collaboration with:
Marc Corbiau Architects

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