Sustainable Garden Design
This sustainable home and its garden were designed alongside one another enabling more opportunities to be as environmental as possible. A ribbon of banks from soil dug out during the build was sown with wild flowers to reflect the surrounding South Downs. A band of prairie plants has been planted to run across and through the bank to provide a splash of colour filling the gap between the native spring and summer wildflowers.
Seasonal Planting Design
The planting design was created to complement the pond and deck created by the client. The planting provided all year around colour starting with spring bulbs, to summer perennials and stunning autumn and winter interest from the various shrubs.
Two difficult sites in the front and back gardens of the same property had derelict rockeries which were brought back into full use. The style of planting was explored using mood boards prior to planting the sunny rockery to the front and the dry shade planting under the tree to the rear.
All Year Round Planting
This overgrown border within a church garden was rejuvenated with a fresh mix of shrubs, perennials and bulbs to provide all year around planting interest. An elevation sketch was created to show the Congregation the intended planting which they then raised funds or donated the plants to complete. Plants were aimed to act as seasonally memorable plants, such as snowdrops in late winter, daffodils in spring etc to give a backdrop to weddings and other events held at the church throughout the year.
Wildlife in my garden
The following photo have all been taken in the Designer’s garden showing the wildlife that has been attracted. The garden itself is varied and still very much a work in progress. It is gardened to encourage as much wildlife as possible, while still gaining a crop or two from a much loved vegetable garden too. Areas are left to be tidied in spring leaving homes for overwintering insects. A rotation of logs in various stages of seasoning prior to ending up in the log store for use on the open fire in winter provides homes for frogs and newts when they are not in the pond. Everything is composted providing homes for slow worms. Some ivy has been left to mature and provides an audible buzz in late September when it flowers and is covered in butterflies, hoverflies and other nector loving insects, these are followed in February by the birds tempted to come and eat the berries.