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.

Click here for design mood board and planting plan

Escape path
Escape path

Notional path through planting leads to driftwood chair.

Pollinator friendly
Pollinator friendly

Saliva, achillea, erysimum & hellebores provide year-round bee food.

Simple design
Simple design

Formal wall becomes a curve containing informal planting.

Driftwood planter
Driftwood planter

Sculptural planter screens garden from road.

Driftwood seat
Driftwood seat

Bespoke made by local craftsman Ben Fearnside.

Driftwood planter
Driftwood planter

Tall narrow plants: vinca, nandina & salvia 'Amistad'.

Garden before

BEFORE
BEFORE

Overgrown border and wild lawn.

BEFORE
BEFORE

The new design.

BEFORE
BEFORE

Where is the house?