Garden No 1: Berkshire garden of exploration


Berkshire garden of exploration - Plan

A garden to complement a newly-built house on a long, thin ‘pizza slice’ plot, overgrown with brambles, ivy and nettles. The garden had been used previously to store the materials of a haulage company. The soil was badly compacted and the site slopes away from the house quite steeply in two directions to an area which regularly floods in winter. This garden was definitely a challenging project! The whole design is based on stimulating a desire to explore the garden and there is a lot to see on many levels. A series of pools drop away to a spectacular koi pond and waterfall. At the bottom, a bog garden with reed beds and dogwoods is wonderfully informal and a real haven for wildlife.

Before

  • Overgrown and unloved - Before - 1
  • Steep and out of reach - Before - 2
  • Mature conifers cast deep shade - Before - 3
  • Bramble patch - Before - 4
  • Challenging slopes - Before - 5
  • Garden To Explore - Before - 6
  • Problem site! - Before - 7

After

  • Winding paths lead through planting - After - 1
  • Bog and stream - After - 2
  • Conifers gone garden opens out creating illusion of width - After - 3
  • Bridge links paths through bog garden - After - 4
  • Shallow timber steps ease the slope - After - 5
  • Silver foliage planting enjoys hot conditions - After - 6
  • Losing the boundaries- After - 7
  • Water trickles through rockwork - After - 8

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