Large rural family garden

This large rural garden near Wivelsfield in Sussex is beautifully situated but has been under-used and neglected. The new owner wanted to create a (reasonably) low priced and low maintenance design that could evolve as her children became teenagers. I provided a design and consultancy for a transformation that could be undertaken in stages, over two years. The homeowner managed the budget and the family did most of the work themselves. I was available for guidance and moral support! The end result is a garden that fits its location beautifully and gets a lot of use by the whole family, year round. A great success.

 

INNOVATIONS. Hard-core rabbit proofing using dug-down chickenwire! And timber-effect concrete planks as stepping-stones. Not as slippery as wood.

Click here for mood board and planting plan.

Rose arbor bench
Rose arbor bench

Natural planting in sympathy landscape beyond.

Easy-care plants
Easy-care plants

Weed mat and bark chips make planting low maintenance.

Grow your own
Grow your own

Staggered raised beds: attractive, practical veg patch.

Garden journey
Garden journey

Sleeper path leads from dining area to sun patio and hot tub.

Borrowed view
Borrowed view

The garden welcomes the field view beyond.

Play area
Play area

A swing set for family and friends. Teen den next!

Garden before

BEFORE
BEFORE

No hard path to the hot-tub. Sun deck too small.

BEFORE
BEFORE

Fence line not secure. Rabbits graze freely!

BEFORE
BEFORE

The shed is useful. The chairs are a bit disturbing.