Beach theme garden

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This small city garden in Brighton wasn't an attractive place to spend time. The step into the main garden was narrow and uneven. The patio was a drab square. Ivy and a bay had taken over and corners had become cat toilets. 

The steps are broadened and made even.  Flagstones are replaced with gravel. This creates planting space without increasing weeding and watering. The 20mm + gravel also deters cats. Existing evergreens are tamed and shaped, ivy stripped back. Driftwood features and sculptures by Ben Fearnside give a beach theme. New planting is easy-care, focused on scent. 

 

INNOVATION. A self-build collaboration with the home-owners, which saved them money. I did the design and planting, they did the heavy lifting!

Gravel garden
Gravel garden

Drought tolerant plants in gravel, with weed membrane below.

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Pollinator plants
Pollinator plants

Salvia, sea-holly and euphorbia shine amongst gravel.

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Gravel
Gravel

Evergreens tamed, ivy stripped from walls. Plants & sculpture added.

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Driftwood screen
Driftwood screen

Screen doubles as a trellis. Shells add to beach theme.

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Metal fish sculpture
Metal fish sculpture

Shady corner with driftwood raised bed/ seat & salvage fish.

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New steps
New steps

New steps and deck. Clutter removed (mostly!)

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Garden before

BEFORE
BEFORE

Drab patio. Snails & cat poo lurk in the corners.

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BEFORE
BEFORE

Overgrown. Ivy is damaging the 'bungaroosh' walls.

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BEFORE
BEFORE

Narrow step, ugly wall, broken pavers. Trip hazard!

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