Sculpture front garden

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.

Rock spiral
Rock spiral

Organic curves draw the eye around the space.

Ramp path
Ramp path

A poured concrete curve is dressed with gravel.

Pebble edging
Pebble edging

The spiral is continued by pepples.

Pollinator plants
Pollinator plants

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

Xeriscape plants
Xeriscape plants

Planting through gravel keeps weeds out and moisture in.

Red and white
Red and white

White anemone is tickled by red sanguisorba.

Garden plan
Garden plan

The curve from above.

Sensory garden
Sensory garden

Evergreen Daphne beside door for walk-by scent.

Garden before

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

Overgrown lawn & shrubs framed by tumbling wall.

Dangerous path
Dangerous path

Slippery surface, unexpected steps= trips and slips.

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

Sycamore and tree peony block all light to the windows.