Coastal front garden
The brief was to transform an overgrown and under-used front garden in Hove, near the sea. The owner wanted a secluded suntrap, where she could sit after work and relax. She is a keen gardener, so it is a plant-focused design, held together with a simple curved wall. Plants are pollinator friendly and drought tolerant (xeriscaping). A notional 'escape' path across the shingle takes you to a driftwood chair by Ben Fearnside.
INNOVATION: A bespoke driftwood container with tall airy plants is used to screen the private garden from the driveway and street.
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Notional path through planting leads to driftwood chair.
Saliva, achillea, erysimum & hellebores provide year-round bee food.
Formal wall becomes a curve containing informal planting.
Sculptural planter screens garden from road.
Bespoke made by local craftsman Ben Fearnside.
Tall narrow plants: vinca, nandina & salvia 'Amistad'.
Overgrown border and wild lawn.
The new design.
Where is the house?