Gap of Dunloe paradise

Passionate plantswoman’s

garden near Killarney, Co. Kerry

Garden designer’s notes

This garden is situated at the foot of the Gap of Dunloe in Co. Kerry providing the perfect opportunity to create a spectacular garden for the owners.

The design for the garden involved extensive clearing of over mature garden shrubs in order to open up views across the garden and towards the nearby Gap.

The planting plan involves a reduction in the dominance of evergreen shrubs towards a mixed palette of plants including both shrubs and perennials to give all year round interest and colour. Significant existing trees and shrubs, such as a mature Acer palmatum, Magnolia x soulangeana, Embothrium coccineum (Chilean firebush) and rhododendrons were retained as part of the new planting, as well as mature birch trees.

New seating areas using composite decking were created alongside the two properties on the site. A natural pond making use of the existing garden drainage makes for a nice feature on the southern boundary, beyond which is the Gap of Dunloe itself.