Monday 16 December 2013

Steeply Banked Garden in Jacobstow

This very steeply sloping garden in Jacobstow was completely overgrown and neglected.  A huge rhododendron dominated the only level area and the whole site was dangerous to walk over as it was completely uneven underfoot.
The garden before...
The clients wanted a useable level area of lawn for their young daughter to play on with easily accessible paths through the garden space, with minimal low maintenance planting.  A lovely variegated holly was to be kept as well as the pergola clothed with honeysuckle, and two camellias.  The large rhododendron and bamboos were removed to free up the level area.
It was a difficult site because of the steep slope and the very wet clay soil, a lot of which needed to be removed and new topsoil added.
The garden during the build...

Timber has been used to created the paths and steps with bark, to be in keeping with the woodland setting of the garden, and the clients budget.  Keeping most of the garden to lawn will provide safe play areas.  The planting has yet to go in, but will be low maintenance evergreen shrubs and hedging with ground cover plants and some fruit trees.
The finished landscaping, before planting...

In the clients words "It looks amazing...".  What had once been a huge headache and worry for the family is now an attractive,  safe and useable garden.


Bude Coastal Garden

This is a new design for a tucked away garden close to the coastal path at Bude.  The garden is currently mainly lawn and the clients want to keep two thirds of this for the grandchildren to play on. They want to add paths through the garden with enclosed seating areas and planting borders. A water feature of a large round water bowl with water lilies will be surrounded by a curved border of Hostas and Lilies.  One of the seating areas will be encircled by a sculptural timber screen, the other by a curved border to be planted with tall grassed and perennials.