Sculpture front garden

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An overgrown front-garden in Brighton gets a contemporary beach-themed makeover. The garden was seriously overgrown, the walls were crumbling, the path was a trip/ slip hazard.  Guests regularly fell over. This bold layout solves access problems and creates a curved sculpture garden in a small square space.

 

The project was a self-build collaboration. The home-owner built the walls, we built the path together, and I installed the gravel, xeriscaping and planting. The driftwood sculptures are by Ben Fearnside.

Planting has to cope with North-East low-light, hilltop winds, salt air and shallow clay soil over chalk. Plants chosen are up to the challenge! Garden is white themed, with deep red and chartreuse contrast. 


INNOVATION: Using roof fascia boards as shuttering for curved concrete ramp.

Click here for design mood-board and planting plan

Driftwood sculptures
Driftwood sculptures

Driftwood and rocks create bold shapes and shadows.

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Rock spiral
Rock spiral

Organic curves draw the eye around the space.

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Ramp path
Ramp path

A poured concrete curve is dressed with gravel.

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Pebble edging
Pebble edging

The spiral is continued by pepples.

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Pollinator plants
Pollinator plants

Eryngium, lavender, hellebores and fatsia feed bees all year.

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Xeriscape plants
Xeriscape plants

Planting through gravel keeps weeds out and moisture in.

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Red and white
Red and white

White anemone is tickled by red sanguisorba.

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Garden plan
Garden plan

The curve from above.

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Sensory garden
Sensory garden

Evergreen Daphne beside door for walk-by scent.

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Garden before

Where's the lawn?
Where's the lawn?

Overgrown lawn & shrubs framed by tumbling wall.

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Dangerous path
Dangerous path

Slippery surface, unexpected steps= trips and slips.

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Where's the house?
Where's the house?

Sycamore and tree peony block all light to the windows.

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