The Esplanade, Mornington Project

The Esplanade, Mornington Project

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    The Esplanade project, located along the Mornington coastline, features a carefully chosen selection of trees that thrive in the unique coastal environment of sea breezes and sandy soil. Led by Robert Boden Design, the project focuses on planting trees that not only adapt well to the coastal conditions but also provide practical benefits such as privacy, wind protection, and year-round greenery.




    Betula Pendula 'Moss White' - Silver Birch 'Moss White'

    Within the Mornington Project, clumps of Betula Pendula 'Moss White', or Silver Birch, bring to life a beautiful and magical forest appeal. These trees are celebrated not only for their alluring pendulous branches that create a soft, weeping form but also for their ease of care, making them a favoured choice for bringing a touch of enchantment to the landscape.


    Key Facts:

    Uses: They serve as a stunning visual accent and are planted in groups to craft a natural, forest-like setting.
    Mature Height & Width: Typically reaching heights of 10-20m; with a spread of 4-6m.
    Growth Rate & Form: Moderate growth with a characteristically pendulous form, adding a gentle softness to the garden's profile.
    Foliage: The bright green leaves of the Silver Birch transition to a pale yellow in autumn, providing seasonal interest and a splash of colour.
    Maintenance: Relatively low; these birches maintain their appeal with minimal care, requiring only the basic needs of watering and occasional pruning to thrive.


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    Cupressocyparis Leylandii 'Leighton Green'

    Cupressocyparis Leylandii 'Leighton Green', known simply as Leighton Green, is a robust and vital component of the Mornington Project's landscape. This fast-growing conifer is tailor-made for coastal environments, with an exceptional ability to withstand strong winds and provide enduring privacy. It contributes significantly to the garden's structural design, offering a living green barrier that creates tranquil and secluded spaces.

    Key Facts:

    • Uses: Ideal for creating lush hedges or privacy screens, their dense foliage offers an effective sound barrier and windbreak.
    • Mature Height & Width: Capable of reaching impressive heights up to 15-20m with a width of 3-4m.
    • Growth Rate & Form: Fast-growing with a columnar to pyramidal form, they provide immediate vertical interest.
    • Foliage: Deep green, scale-like leaves persist year-round, offering constant verdure.
    • Maintenance: Regular pruning is recommended to maintain desired shape and density; otherwise, they are low-maintenance and drought-tolerant once established 


    Leighton Green

    Cupressus Leighton Green

    Cercis Canadensis 'Forest Pansy'

    Cercis Canadensis 'Forest Pansy', a standout feature tree in the Mornington Project, introduces vibrant color to the coastal landscape. Celebrated for its heart-shaped, purple leaves and rosy-pink blooms in spring, this tree offers a striking contrast to the greenery, enhancing the visual appeal of the area.

    Key Facts:

    • Visual Appeal: Known for its unique purple foliage and attractive rosy-pink flowers in spring.
    • Mature Size: Typically reaches heights of 6-8 meters with a spread of 5 meters.
    • Growth Habit: Features a moderate growth rate with a rounded, spreading canopy.
    • Foliage: Leaves transition from deep red to rich purple, providing year-round interest.
    • Maintenance: Low; occasional pruning may be required to maintain shape and overall health.
    • Adaptability: Adapts well to a variety of soil types, thriving in both partial shade and full sunlight conditions.
      Cercis Canadensis Forest Pansy

      Cercis Canadensis Forest Pansy


      Phoenix Canariensis Palm Tree

      The Phoenix Canariensis Palm Tree, commonly known as the Canary Island Date Palm, stands as a striking feature in the Mornington Project. Its sturdy trunk and broad, green leaves bring a vibrant tropical look to both front and back gardens, serving as a natural highlight.

      Key Facts:

      • Uses: Provides a strong architectural presence, especially when placed near buildings or in spacious garden settings.
      • Mature Height & Width: Capable of growing up to 20m tall with a spread of 10m.
      • Growth Rate & Form: This tree grows at a slow to moderate pace, with a thick trunk supporting large, spreading leaves.
      • Foliage: Its large green leaves contribute to a lush garden atmosphere.
      • Placement: Carefully positioned for visual impact, with two trees in the front garden and one in the back.
      • Maintenance: Requires minimal upkeep, with occasional removal of fallen leaves and yearly health assessments advised.


      If you have a big commercial project or development, or if you are a DIY residential client looking to recreate the enchanting look of the Mornington Project, please don't hesitate to give us a call. Our team is ready to assist you in bringing this unique coastal landscape vision to life.

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